Made of Porcelain
Gift of Emma and Jay Lewis
Molded in relief with stalks and ears of corn, this pitcher symbolizes the agricultural bounty of the United States.
It was made by Charles Cartlidge and Company, which had been founded in Brooklyn by Charles Cartlidge, an immigrant potter from England, in 1848. While much of the company's output consisted of utilitarian wares like door knobs, it also produced decorated pitchers like this one. Where most American porcelain of this period copied English examples, the relief-molded corn pitcher is an original American design.
The jug was made for Mary M. Ebling (1817-1863) of New York, New York. Her husband, Joseph E. Ebling (1818-1868), was a confectioner, wining a prize for his preserved quinces. He was later a Commissioner of Streets and Lamps in New York, and served as a quartermaster during the Civil War. Their son Eugene also served, but died in the first battle of the war; the inscription on his tombstone reads, "killed at Battle of Bull Run, while nobly fighting for the Union."