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Pitcher with Masonic Symbols
ca. 1800
T. Clarke
England: Leeds
overall: 7-1/2'h
Gift of Robert W. Raymond

Oval-shaped pitcher ofearthenware with plain, applied handle; brick red glazed transfer-printed side decoration of Masonic "Masters Carpet" symbols in circular medallion and a grapevine-bordered medallion of clasped hands and heart with verse, "Happy the Man whom no vain fears torment who lives at Peace within himself content / for happiness he surely need not roam / Tis easiest found with little and at home"; above a small medallion with sailing ship; the design signed "T. Clarke / Sculp." Beneath the spout is a floral-bordered medallion inscribed "Lodge of Relief / No. 37."

For further information, see Hamilton, John D., "Material Culture of the American Freemasons," 1994, p. 220, 279.