Jar and lid
Overall: 8 x 5 1/2 in. ( 20.3 x 14 cm )
impressed: on front: "WILLIAM PARTRIDGE & SON, / NO 27 CLIFF ST NY"
Salt-glazed stoneware jar marked with retailer's name on front, "William Partridge & Son."
During the second half of the nineteenth century and into the early twentieth century, stoneware manufacturers commonly supplied local businesses with vessels designed for their products and marked with the retailer's name. Druggists, grocers, brewers, and ink suppliers ordered containers simply marked with their name, location, and sometimes a word describing the contents. Messrs. William Partridge & Son were importers of dye-stuffs, including "samples of woad, teazles, Bengal indigo, German weld, a small broomy plant, making a very valuable yellow die [sic]. Terra japonica, a powerful tannin, formed by boiling child of the heart of the tree Acacia Cateehu, until the juice is inspissated and then coagulated." In 1824, some few tons of it were imported here from New South Wales, for tanners' use.
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
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