Pitcher Honoring Frederick Douglass

This hand-modeled and molded, unglazed red earthenware pitcher honors Frederick Douglass, "Slave Orator/ United States Marshall, Recorder of Deeds D.C./ Diplomat."
Although the maker is unknown, we do know that the design for the pitcher was copyrighted by a J. E. Bruce of Albany, New York, in 1896, one year after Douglass's death.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
ca 1895
Bruce, J. E.
Physical Description
ceramic, earthenware, coarse (overall material)
overall: 26.1 cm x 25.9 cm x 17.3 cm; 10 1/4 in x 10 3/16 in x 6 13/16 in
overall: 10 3/16 in x 10 1/8 in x 7 in; 25.8445 cm x 25.7175 cm x 17.78 cm
Place Made
United States: New York, Albany
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Home and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
Cultures & Communities
Domestic Furnishings
Government, Politics, and Reform
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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