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Colonel Ellsworth Commemorative Pitcher

A molded stoneware pitcher illustrating the shooting of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, the first conspicuous casualty of the Civil War, at Alexandria, VA, made by Millington, Astbury, and Poulson, Trenton, NJ, as indicated by mark on bottom, ca 1861. A baluster form pitcher with spurred handle, molded in relief on one side with a dramatic depiction of Col. Ellsworth, who lies dead at the bottom of the stairwell, while three soldiers, one identified as F.E. Brownell, struggle to fight the man who shot Ellsworth in the chest, identified as J.W. Jackson / The Traitor on the pitcher. Brownell, the soldier shown bayonetting Jackson, was credited with killing the traitor, and later received the Medal of Honor for his actions. The reverse side is imprinted with the phrase Union and the Constitution, and features a molded relief of an American Eagle with snake in beak perched above a fallen Confederate Flag, with an American Flag flying at right above a gathering of rifles. Approx. 8 in. at widest point, 8.5 in. tall. This is believed to be the first commemorative pitcher made by a U.S. potter.

Condition:Overall very good.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$823
06/11/2010

 

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