Three (3) Southwest Virginia stoneware pottery items, two (2) a one-gallon storage jars and and one (1) cream pot, all stamped "E.W. MORT/ALUM WELLS VA" within a rectangular stamp mark to the shoulder. Storage jars – 8 3/8" H & 8 3/4" H. Cream pot – 5 3/4" H. All three pieces late 19th century. Provenance: Brad Swanson Collection, Abingdon, VA. Note: One storage jar was exhibited in the "Legacy in Clay: Pottery of Washington County, Virginia" 2005 exhibit, William King Regional Arts Center, Abingdon, VA. Biography: Edward William Mort (1853-1923) was born in Strasburg, VA and possibly trained as a potter in this area. In addition to working with Washington County, Virginia potters, other crocks stamped "E.W. Mort Mohawk" suggest he may have also worked in Greene Co., TN for a period of time. Mort ceased making pottery in 1893 and became a Methodist minister. CONDITION: A few scattered firing defects to one jar and no chips or cracks; one jar with chipping to the rim and glaze exfoliation; cream pot with errant white paint and no chips or cracks.
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