David Drake Jar 1
Double-handle, large stoneware storage jar made by enslaved potter Dave from the Edgefield District of South Carolina. Dave (who took the name David Drake when he was emancipated) was owned at the time by Lewis Miles, which is why he inscribed "L. Miles" on the side of the jar. Dave also inscribed the date he made the jar, which was January 23, 1840.
It is believed that Dave (born circa 1801) had been taught to write by his first known owner, Harvey Drake. It is likely that Harvey also taught Dave the skill of pottery. Dave became an excellent potter. His pots have been dated from the mid-1830s until his last known pot in 1862. David Drake died a freed man in the late 1870s.
Donated by Jim & Lucille Bush and their family.