Signed Antique NC Pottery


This is a new page I've started to capture info about signed antique North Carolina Pottery, including Catawba Valley (which is near me). Signed pieces are stamped somewhere with the name or initials of the potter who made the piece. By "antique" I mean pieces dating before 1900.

Marks of some of the early North Carolina potters, listed alphabetical by potter's last name:
Mark Potter's Name Born-Died Where they worked Notes
NB Nelson Bass 1846-1918 Vale in Lincoln County, NC .
T.B. Timothy Boggs 1849-? Snow Camp area of Alamance County, NC .
W.H. CHRISCO W.H. Chrisco 1857-1944 Randolph County, NC .
E.S. CRAVEN Enoch Spinks Craven 1810-1893 Randolph County, NC .
J.D. CRAVEN Jacob Dorris Craven 1826-1895 Randolph and later Moore County, NC .
H. FOX Himer Jacob Fox 1826-1909 Siler City area of Chatham County, NC .
JG John Goodman 1822-1903 Vale in Lincoln County, NC Daniel Seagle's son-in-law.
DH David Hartzog (Hartsoe) 1808-1883 Vale in Lincoln County, NC .
SLH Sylvanus Leander Hartsoe 1850-1926 Lincoln and Catawba counties, NC Son of David Hartsoe.
J.M. HAYS James Madison Hayes 1832-1922 Randolph County, NC .
J.W. HILTON John Wesley Helton (Hilton) 1846-1923 Blackburn, NC .
IL Isaac Lefevers 1831-1864 Vale in Lincoln County, NC Apprentice to Daniel Seagle. Isaac died at age 33 from an injury suffered during the Civil War.
S LOY Solomon Loy 1805-1860 Snow Camp area of Alamance County, NC .
E.A. POE Edgar Allen Poe (not the poet) 1858-1934 Fayetteville, NC. Poe ran a brick company and sold building materials. But he also made pottery on the side during the 1880-1898 period.
TR Thomas Ritchie 1825- 1909 Lincoln County, NC .
DS Daniel Seagle 1805-1867 Vale in Lincoln County, NC The first master potter of the Catawba Valley. Considered the father of the craft in Catawba Valley.
JFS James Franklin Seagle 1829-1892 Vale in Lincoln County, NC Son of Daniel Seagle.
J.M. YOW John M. Yow 1860-1906 town of Erect in Randolph County, NC .

History info from "Turners & Burners: The Folk Potters of North Carolina", an out-of-print book by Dr. Charles G. "Terry" Zug III.

If you have a pic of an early NC pottery piece with a mark that I don't have listed above, please submit and I'll post and give you credit for the submission.
If you have contributions, questions or just need a free appraisal, Email Reggie at rlynch@antiquebottles.com

Below are some examples of antique signed NC pottery:
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Half gallon jug signed NB for Nelson Bass
Private collection.
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11" (one gallon?) jug signed NB for Nelson Bass
Sold by Leland Little Auctions.

Closeup of stamp.

Canning jar signed T.B. for Timothy Boggs
From the book "The potter's eye: art and tradition in North Carolina pottery" by Mark Hewitt.
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Signed T.B. for Timothy Boggs
Sold by Tony McBride Auctions.
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2 gallon crock signed J.F. BOWER
Sold by Leland Little Auctions.
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2 or 3 gallon crock signed W.H. CHRISCO
www.welostourmarbles.com
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Storage jar with large E.S. CRAVEN stamp
Sold by Tony McBride Auctions.
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1/2 gallon storage jar signed J.D. CRAVEN
Drexel Antiques.

Storage jar with matching lid signed J.D. CRAVEN
Sold by Tony McBride Auctions.
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One gallon crock signed J.D. CRAVEN
Sold by Leland Little Auctions.
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2 gallon crock signed J.A.C for John Craven
Sold by Leland Little Auctions.
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2 gallon crock signed J.A.C for John Craven
Sold on eBay by bottleman37.

Closeup of stamp.

3 gallon jug signed J.D. CRAVEN
Sold by Leland Little Auctions.
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Storage jar (half gallon?) signed 2 / H. FOX
Sold by Tony McBride Auctions.
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2 gallon crock signed H. FOX
Sold by Leland Little Auctions.
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2 gallon crock signed H. FOX / 2
Sold by Winstead Auction.

Closeup of stamp.

2 gallon crock Signed JG for John Goodman
Sold by Leland Little Auctions.
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Half gallon jug signed J.M. HAYS
Sold by Leland Little Auctions.
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1 gallon jar signed J.M. HAYS.
Sold by Leland Little Auctions.
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9 1/2" preserve jar signed J.W. HILTON / BLACKBURN / NC
Sold by Leland Little Auctions.
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7 gallon crock signed IL (for Isaac Lefevers) on one handle and VII (for 7 gallon) on the other handle.
Sold by Brunck Auctions.
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4 gallon crock signed S LOY for Solomon Loy.
www.prices4antiques.com
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Jug by Solomon Loy. Not sure if signed, but it's a beauty.
From the book "The potter's eye: art and tradition in North Carolina pottery" by Mark Hewitt.
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Jug signed L. OWEN for Lockey Owen.
Sold by Tony McBride Auctions.
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1 gallon jug Signed E.A. POE with large kiln drip.
Sold by Leland Little Auctions.
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1 gallon jug Signed E.A. POE
Sold on eBay by rstiller0605.

Closeup of stamp.

4 gallon jar signed REINHARDT BROS for Harvey Reinhardt.
Sold by Leland Little Auctions.
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Half gallon alkaline glazed stoneware preserve jar signed TR for Thomas Ritchie.
Sold by Leland Little Auctions.
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3 gallon crock signed T.R. / 3 for Thomas Ritchie.
Part of Reggie's collection.

Close-up of stamp.

5 gallon crock signed TR for Thomas Ritchie.
Sold by Leland Little Auctions.

Close-up of stamp.

Signed SLH for Sylvanus Hartsoe with blue rutile.
Sold by Tony McBride Auctions.
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3 gallon Albany slip jar signed SLH for Sylvanus Hartsoe.
Sold by Leland Little Auctions.
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1 gallon crock signed JFS / 1 for James Franklin Seagle.
Sold by Leland Little Auctions.
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3 gallon crock signed JFS for James Franklin Seagle.
Sold by Leland Little Auctions.
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4 gallon jug signed DS for Daniel Seagle.
Ackland Art Museum, UNC Chapel Hill.
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5 gallon jug signed DS / 5 for Daniel Seagle.
Sold by Tony McBride Auctions.

Closeup of D.S. / 5 stamp

15 gallon 4-handle jar signed DS for Daniel Seagle.
Ackland Art Museum, UNC Chapel Hill.
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Half gallon jug signed J.M. YOW / ERECT, N.C..
Sold by Leland Little Auctions.
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One gallon jug signed J.M. YOW / ERECT, N.C..
Collection of James Taylor.
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Two gallon jug signed J.M. YOW / ERECT, N.C..
Sold by Leland Little Auctions.


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