Stoneware, cobalt oxide
Overall: 2 x 3 3/4 in. ( 5.1 x 9.5 cm )
stamped: on front of inkwell: "C. CROLIUS / MANUFACTURER / MANHATTAN-WELLS / NEW-YORK"
Cylindrical salt-glazed stoneware inkwell with pattern of holes, slash decoration in cobalt around top, and maker's mark stamped on front.
Clarkson Crolius sold his stoneware locally but also shipped wares on boats to southern ports such as Charleston and Savannah. A Crolius inkwell like this one was recently excavated in New Orleans.
Denker, Ellen Paul. "Collector' legacies." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 176-180.
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.