Rare T Downing Pickled Oyster Jar Crock Stoneware New York Free Black Man Nr Yqz

Rare T Downing Pickled Oyster Jar Crock Stoneware New York Free Black Man Nr Yqz

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19th Century/1800's SIGNED Very Rare Jar - GOOD LUCK

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Up in this sale is an extremely rare piece of stoneware, the Holy Grail of oyster jars/crocks. It is an oyster jar/crock, stoneware, with a blue impressed mark on the top that reads

NO (star) 5 BROAD ST

The G in Downing is upside down and there is a six side star between No and 5. The T Downing stands for Thomas Downing a free black man originally from Chincoteague, Virginia, where he learned the oyster business, moved to New York in the early 1800's and opened the premier Oyster House in all of New York. Very rare for a black man in the 1800's. It has restoration done to the top rim, somewhere in the past. It measures approx. 6 1/2" high and 4" across its widest. For those not familiar with Thomas Downing and his story, here is a compilation of various articles found on the internet:

Before New York was called the Big Apple, it could have been called the Big Oyster. New York was famous for its oysters.

Thomas Downing (1791–1866), a free black raised in Chincoteague, Virginia, ran the most famous, and very likely the best, oyster cellar in New York. He shipped oysters to Paris and London—Queen Victoria was so pleased with hers that she sent him a gold chronometer watch. When Charles Dickens visited New York in 1842, it was Downing who catered the “Boz Ball,” the great novelist’s official welcome to the city. Even in an oyster-mad city like New York, few of the oystermen knew their trade as well as Downing, who had been raking oysters since he was a child. He opened his restaurant in 1825; ten years later it was so popular that he expanded into two neighboring buildings. He listed his occupation as “oysterman” in the city directory. Bankers, politicians, stockbrokers, lawyers, businessmen, and socialites flocked to Downing’s Oyster House to eat raw, fried, or stewed oysters, oyster pie, fish with oyster sauce, or poached turkey stuffed with oysters. As the crowd of power brokers ate and made deals under the chandeliers, Thomas’s son George lead escaping slaves to the basement. There they were safe from the “blackbirders,” or bounty hunters, who were roaming the streets in search of runaways.

From 1825 to 1860, Thomas, and his son George T. Downing were part of the Underground Railroad to Canada and freedom. They were also leaders in the growing abolitionist movement. In 1836, Thomas helped found the all-black United Anti-Slavery Society of the City of New York. The next year he began petitioning New York State for equal suffrage for black men. He took one petition after another to Albany. "If one petition failed, another would be presented," he said. When not a single high school in the city would accept African American students, he helped found the first schools that would accept them. According to his son, Thomas Downing was an "extremely active" man who "knew not tire."

When Thomas Downing died on April 10, 1866, the New York Chamber of Commerce closed for the day out of respect.

Estimated shipping weight, (packaged) is 3 lbs 8 oz in a 12 x 10 x 10 box. The Calculator is not always right - if the shipping looks too high email us and we will give you an accurate quote prior to the sale ending. ************ What a great find!

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ONE - Who We Deal With

We sell and ship world wide to anywhere, so please email us for a quote to wherever you happen to be.

TWO - Shipping Charges

We charge shipping based on the USPS system, we will sometimes ship via courier if we can get it to you within the same time frame or faster. We add a reasonable cost for materials, normally that is $2.00 for regular sized packages. For small flat items $1.00. That covers the expense of boxes, envelopes, bubble wrap, peanuts, (We only use new packing materials, life is too short to scrounge through dumpsters). For larger items that take a larger more expensive box, we charge a little more, to cover the special box, example paintings or lamps. For oversized items or items that will take special attention to package, (Build a crate, wrap a zillion things individually, etc.), we ask you to email us for a quote on shipping prior to the sale ending. If you do not, we charge the same amount as if you did. In other words WE NEVER GOUGE OUR CLIENTS SHIPPING COSTS!!

THREE - International Shipping

We charge shipping based on the USPS international system. The rates follow the same guidelines as number two above, though for international customers we add an additional $1.00 to cover the extra paperwork involved in international shipping. If an amount goes over $50 in value we will only ship it with Priority or Express Mail, regardless how small an item. That allows for us to have international tracking. There is no tracking available on First Class Mail.

FOUR - Insurance

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