Two (2) Southwest Virginia salt-glazed stoneware preserving jars, both stamped "E.W. MORT/ALUM WELLS VA" within a rectangular stamp mark to the shoulder. 8 1/2" H and 8 3/4" H. Both pieces late 19th century. Provenance: Brad Swanson Collection, Abingdon, VA. Note: The smaller jar was exhibited in the "Legacy in Clay: Pottery of Washington County, Virginia" 2005 exhibit, William King Regional Arts Center, Abingdon, VA. It was also illustrated in the "Legacy in Clay" museum exhibit catalog. Note: 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: Smaller jar with scattered chipping to the rim, otherwise overall good condition. Larger jar overall very good condition.
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