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Title: Crock
Identifier: 2008.1.2
Donor: Julian Mullock via David Mitchell
Item Date: 1837- 1894
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A round pottery crock of 2 gallon capacity. It is glazed dark brown except for the top edge and parts of the base exterior. The sides are slightly ridged horizontally, perhaps due to coil construction process. Two impressed lines are 2 and 2.8 cm below the rim. Impressed near the rim is "W. E Welding, Brantford, Ont." Handwritten in black on the base is "2 gallon (indecipherable)."

William E. Welding began his career in the pottery industry as a salesman and in 1873 he established the W.E. Welding factory in Brantford Ontario. Under his leadership he was responsible for encouraging the production of a wide variety of fancy ware pottery products for home use such as teapots, bowls, and bake pans. These 'domestic containers' were done in the form of popular yellow glazes. Welding was also known to make the popular 'beaver' and 'Rachel-at-the Well' teapots as well as a Rockingham glazed picture frame.
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