Hampshire Pottery Marks
In 1871, Hampshire Pottery, Keene, New Hampshire was founded by James Scholly Taft and James Burnap. By 1882, the company began producing decorative art pottery for sale as souvenir and specialty items. In 1904, under the guidance of Cadmon Robertson, the company began production of a variety of matt glazes including green, blue, gray, bronze and more. These colors appeared on vases, bowls, flower holders, candlestick holders, clock cases and lamp bases. The pottery continued operation thru World War I, closed temporarily, reopened and eventually closing its doors in 1923. Most pieces are marked with the Hampshire Pottery/J.S. Taft mark and occasionally an M inside an O (a tribute to Emoretta Robertson). Hampshire Pottery examples can be found in several museums around the country.