Patriotic America Timeline 1800-1835

Historical Timeline

America Mourns the death of George Washington who died December 14, 1799.

In 1803 America made the Louisianna Purchase, doubling the size of the U.S. territory.

In 1807 the first practical steamboat journey was made on August 17, 1807 by Robert Fulton in the steamboat Clermont, navigating the Hudson River from New York City to Albany in thirty-two hours, a trip of 150 miles.  This became the first commercial steamboat service in the world.  Commemorative pottery was made decorated with overglaze prints depicting the ship.


In 1808 James Madison became America's 4th President.

The Panic of 1819 was the first major financial crisis in the United States. It marked the end of the economic expansion that had followed the War of 1812 and ushered in new financial policies that would shape economic development of America.

From July 1824 to September 1825, the Marquis de Lafayette, the last surviving French General of the Revolutionary War, made a celebrated tour of the 24 states in the United States. At many stops he was received with a hero's welcome, and the Staffordshire potters supplied blue printed to commemorate and memorialize the Marquis de Lafayette's visit.

1831 is the last known date referring to dark blue printed pottery  when on June 18, 1831 the Philadelphia pottery dealer George Coates  sold  1 dozen  dark  blue printed ½pint  bowls for $1.25 and 10 sets of dark blue printed teas for $4.00.

Ceramics Timeline

Patriotic Pottery for America 1800-1810

The War of 1812.  After peace was declared the Staffordshire potters made commemorative wares for the American market.

August 1818 Horace Collamore ordered Blue printed dining ware new dark pattern State House or other good pattern

In 1822 John Ridgway visited America and conceived the idea for his Beauties of America series of patterns

Marquis de Lafayette, returned to America in August, 1824,

1826 Matthew Smith orders new jug shape from Adams

1827, Matthew Smith orders Baltimore & Ohio Railroad patterned pottery

1831 was the last date on which dark blue printed pottery is known to have been ordered

John Ridgway's visit to America

Of the dozen or so potters who produced dark blue printed patterns with American themes many made the long and difficult trip to America.  John Ridgway kept a diary of his visit.  He left Liverpool in September 1822 and over a month later landed in Boston. Within a few days of his arrival he notes that he had strolled around for nearly 3 hours – in selecting the best objects for sketching to be applied to a set of American scenery. During the next two months he visited various cities in New England and the Mid-Atlantic States, meticulously recording his progress with daily entries in his journal. On John's return, J. & W. Ridgway created a series of designs which they called Beauties of America
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Hospital, Boston, from Beauties of America by John & William Ridgway, Staffordshire.