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New Acquisition: Stoneware Water Cooler

Stoneware detail

This impressive stoneware water cooler is incised and impressed with decorations that depict the celebration of the Great National Jubilee of the Order of the Sons of Temperance, an organization founded in New York City in 1842.

Temperance iconography is portrayed throughout the design. It also illustrates the national headquarters of the organization, at 315 Broadway in New York City. While this cooler was made for an event in New York City, it bears a stamp on the upper body for the “SALINA DIVISION. NO. 86/SONS OF TEMPERANCE” in Syracuse, allowing the chapter to be represented in the celebration.    

William H. Farrar (active, 1840–1872) was one of the most influential potters of the 19th century, and products from his Geddes shop were nationally admired.

7-gallon water cooler, 1846, Weitsman Stoneware Collection
7-gallon water cooler, 1846, Weitsman Stoneware Collection
7-gallon water cooler, 1846, Weitsman Stoneware Collection

7-gallon water cooler, 1846
Stamped: W. H. Farrar & Co./Geddes, N.Y.
26 in. x 15 in.
Weitsman Stoneware Collection, New York State Museum