Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Plymouth, Massachusetts Staffordshire Pitcher

This is an appropriate subject for my first post.  Up for sale in my Etsy shop, duckwells.etsy.com, I have listed this pitcher: https://www.etsy.com/listing/206704667/antique-staffordshire-creamer-plymouth?ref=shop_home_active_13




This Staffordshire pitcher was imported from England by A.S. Burbank of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

In his Pilgrim Bookshop, Alfred S. Burbank (1856-1946) sold souvenirs and pictures by the the artist, George Boughton (1833-1905), who painted famous scenes of the Pilgrims.  Mr. Boughton's depictions of the Pilgrims was adopted by popular culture and distributed nationally.  Mr. Burbank had a lengthy career, his bookshop was in operation from 1872-1932.

In 1920, Mr. Burbank published one of his several books on the subject, "A Brief History of the Pilgrims", which was taken from William Bradford's "History of Plimoth Plantation".

Mr. Burbank was quite the marketer, his souvenirs are highly collectible and continue to raise in value.


Sources:
John and Priscilla's Images
publisher:"Plymouth, Mass., AS Burbank" - Internet Archive

Links:
Romantic Story of the Mayflower Pilgrims - Project Gutenberg

http://www.historicnewengland.org/collections-archives-exhibitions/collections-access/collection-object/capobject?refd=EP001.01.013.03.02.002

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