Edwin Bennett (1818–1908) was an English American pioneer of the pottery industry and founder of the Edwin Bennett Pottery Company of Baltimore, Maryland. He was among the first producers of Majolica and Rockingham-style wares in the United States. The name "Rockingham" is often used to describe the brown-glazed earthenware produced by these factories. The E & W Bennett factory produced a variety of wares from the everyday to the fine and artistic forms from its founding in the 1850’s until it was forced to close during the Great Depression in 1936. Examples of Edwin Bennett pottery may be found in museums across the United States, including the Maryland Historical Society, the Philadelphia Art Museum and in private collections worldwide.
Yellow Garage dealer Old South Jersey Glass and Antiques is featuring an antique E & W Bennett “Rockingham” glazed shaving mug with Toby style figures. The mug is attributed to Bennett’s Baltimore factory Ca 1853. The mottled brown earthenware mug features a finely detailed double-sided relief Toby Philpot sitting figure, an applied twig-style handle and a split reservoir top. There is an impressed mark on the bottom which indicating the E & W Bennett, Canton Avenue Baltimore, MD origin. The mug is approximately 4” in diameter and 4” high. It is in excellent overall condition as evidenced in the pictures. A negligible hairline is visible in the photo above the handle. This antique Bennett shaving mug represents a highly collectible museum grade piece from one of the most respected and revered potteries of the mid-19th Century.
E & W Bennett “Rockingham” Glazed Figural Shaving Mug Ca 1853