Thursday, February 26, 2009

Loyd pottery markers patented June 10, 1879

The last pottery marker is believed to be a Loyd original while the one pictured above it was likely manufactured by the W. D. Suggs pottery shop under license from the Loyds. Most of the markers that are found in Northeast Mississippi and Northwest Alabama were produced by potters other than the Loyds, and by comparing the two photos above you can tell the difference between them. Typically, you will find Loyd-produced markers with the small leaf design at the top of the marker. Based upon the cemeteries I have visited in the area, original Loyd markers are hard to find, but every once in a while you will stumble across one in an unlikely place. Compare the markers above with those recently posted that have verses, age information, and more elaborate decorative items, and you realize how special and unique the versed markers are.

1 comment:

Judith Richards Shubert said...

Thanks for sharing this very informative post about the Loyd pottery markers. I have not seen anything like this in north Texas, but there are a lot of cemeteries I have yet to go to! The blue leaf symbol reminds me of my salt-glazed pottery that I have purchased in places in the east and southeast.