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David Drake Jar 2

1998.005.001 | Augusta Museum of History

Artist / Creator

David Drake




Twelve gallon, alkaline glazed stoneware jar from the Edgefield District of South Carolina that was made by Dave, an enslaved potter. The jar is signed "Dave" and dated "September 5, 1857". Unfortunately, the handles of the jar have broken off.

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. Dave, who took the name David Drake when he was emancipated, died a freed man in the late 1870s.

Credit Line

Donated by Mr. Henry L. Stulb and Miss Margaret Archer



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