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Field & Clark, Utica, New York

Many newspapers of June 1824 refer to Messrs. Field & Clark having presented De Witt Clinton with "a pair of pitchers and one dozen plates, of Staffordshire ware, having upon them suitable inscriptions."[i]  There is also a letter of response from De Witt Clinton, June 2, 1824, "I had the pleasure to receive the elegant specimens of Staffordshire ware manufactured at your request, with devices and inscriptions relative to the prosperous state of our inland navigation, and the rapid growth and flourishing condition of the village of Utica in which you reside." [ii] Examples of these patterns can be found on this site carrying the mark of Enoch Wood & Sons, one of Staffordshire’s leading pottery firms.

The following year, February 11, 1825, the New York Spectator wrote "We mentioned some time last summer an importation of Liverpool ware directly from Liverpool to the interior of this state.  We have to mention to-day a similar importation direct by water to Utica — a specimen of which has returned to New York, and has been, by the politeness of the importers, Messrs. Field & Clark, of Utica, laid before us. They consist of plates and cups handsomely ornamented, and bearing finely executed likenesses of Washington and La Fayette."  This design has not yet been identified.

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Utica 1

pitcher with "suitable inscription" of the type presented to De Witt Clinton


Utica 2

front view of the pitcher  with American Eagle and Erie Canal designs


Utica 3

plate with "suitable inscription" of the type presented to De Witt Clinton


[i] Providence Gazette June 23, 1824
[ii] Spectator, New York, June 18, 1824