Antique James Bennett and Brothers Yellowware Pie Pan 1845 - 1853
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James Bennett (1812-1862) from North Staffordshire in England worked there in a pottery making yellowware. After emigrating to America, he was traveling from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he discovered the abundance of yellow clay available in East Liverpool. He established his own pottery there and in 1841 went to England to bring his three brothers to join him at the pottery. In 1845 they closed the Ohio pottery and moved to Pittsburgh, where they became successful, shipping their wares up and down the Ohio River. They sold the pottery in 1853; this yellowware pie pan was made during those eight years the brothers were in business. The impressed mark on the bottom reads: "BENNETT & BRO PITTSBURGH"--a very rare mark, since only about 5% of yellow ware is marked and since the pottery was located in Pittsburgh such a short span of time. We have included in our photos a drawing of Bennett's pottery along the Ohio River and a photo of his portrait that hangs in the Museum of Ceramics in East Liverpool.
This pie dish is also in a hard to find size, measuring 10 1/4 inches across; of the small range of sizes we've found yellow ware pie pans were made in, the ones 10 inches and larger are the rarest. It's 2 1/4 inches deep, weighs 2 pounds and has a lovely raised, beaded rim The condition is surprisingly good for such a utilitarian piece of antique pottery. There are glaze pops and three stilt marks on the bottom; one of the beads on the rim is chipped off; there is a one inch fine hairline at the rim, going through from front to back (shown in one of our photos) and another hairline in the glaze only on the front, along with some pitting on the interior of the dish. We mention all of this for accuracy; as you can see by the photos, the dish displays nicely, the deep butter yellow color so attractive. Since the clear glaze contains lead, this pan should be used only for dry display. It's a great find for yellowware collectors and all who love country primitive décor.