Lunchtime Lectures - "The Moses B. Paige Company: The Last of the Peabody Potteries"
The Peabody Historical Society and Museum are hosting a series of Lunchtime Lectures on Zoom.
For our first program, Justin W. Thomas will delve into the history of "The Moses B. Paige Company: The Last of the Peabody Potteries."
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Justin W. Thomas is a resident of Newburyport, Massachusetts, and a collector, researcher and writer about American pottery production from the seventeenth through the early-twentieth century.
Peabody has a rich history of utilitarian red earthenware production, dating back to the 1730s. The number of potters employed in this area was more than any other location in New England in the 18th and 19th centuries, influencing production throughout the region.
Demand for local red earthenware production decreased as the mid-19th century approached, and only two potteries remained in Peabody after 1850. By 1876, Moses B. Paige accomplished the unthinkable, reviving Peabody's local red earthenware tradition, which had largely disappeared elsewhere in New England.
Justin W. Thomas' book on the Moses B. Paige Company is the first of its kind. Thomas delves into the history of this somewhat forgotten company and its production, which is often misinterpreted today.