Transfer decorated polychrome Liverpool creamware jug, on one side showing portrait of George Washington supported by two maidens with banner above reading "Deafnefs to the Ear that will patiently hear and Dumbnefs to the Tongue that will utter the calumny against the IMMORTAL WASHINGTON, My Favorite Son, Long live the President of the United States". Opposite side with ship flying the American flag and heraldic eagle under the spout with remnants of gilded letters, possibly "JH". 8 1/4" H x 8 1/4" W x 5 1/2" D overall. Late 18th century. Together with wooden framed display plaque from 1937 loan to New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, MA. reading: "Liverpool Pitcher…Belonged to Jethro Hillman. He and His Brother Zachariah built the ship Charles W. Morgan. Lent by Mrs. Fred Hillman". 1 1/4" H x 7 1/2" x 3". Provenance: Once belonging to John Hillman. He and his brother Zachariah built the last large wooden whaling ship the Charles W. Morgan, built in 1841 and now on exhibit at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, CT. The ship is the oldest surviving merchant vessel and the only surviving wooden whaling ship from the 19th century American merchant ship. She was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966. This jug was displayed at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in 1937 and a record of it is documented in the museum's display ledger. For additional reading, see Schroer, Blanche Higgins; Bradford, S. Sydney, "The Charles W. Morgan", National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination, National Park Service, December 11, 1974, and "Accompanying 4 photos, from 1974 and undated", National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination, National Park Service, December 11, 1974. Private East Tennessee Collection. CONDITION: Restoration to spout. Wear to side of handle. Losses to gilt decoration.
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