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A radio show with Paul Harvey started in 1976 and became a huge success. He talked about forgotten historical events or the lives of well-known people. It always ended “And now, you know the rest of the story.” It’s hard to know if online information is new or old, so we try to bring you the updates of stories in our subscription newsletter, Kovels on Antiques & Collectibles, or our other writings. In May, 2018 we wrote a “Letter to Lee” article about a broken blue and white china teapot decorated with palm trees and birds that resembles Blue Willow china. Research showed that it was made of clay near a factory in Cainhoy, South Carolina, the first porcelain factory in the colonies. Nine pieces have been found in total. The first, a teapot with a broken handle and no lid, sold to the Metropolitan Museum in 2018 for $806,000. The others, mostly on loan to museums, are four teacups two saucers. The last two pieces, a tea bowl and saucer, have a different decoration known as “The Man On The Bridge." These two sold in 2019 for $65,227. All were found in England but since the factory was in the colonies, there just might be an unidentified family heirloom somewhere in an attic in the United States.


tea bowl and saucer attributed to john barlam porcelain pottery of earliest made in america late 1700s

Photo: Woolley & Wallis




#4 Marks?brooksie76 2019-03-14 08:36
Do they have marks, and if so what does it look like?
#3 WoWHookman 2019-03-13 23:42
....and now we know the rest of the story.
#2 CainhoySCLady 2019-03-13 20:39
The area is Cainhoy (not boy). Originally, it was Cain Hoy (two words). It is the area of land that connects Charleston to Mount Pleasant, SC.
Fascinating article, though!
#1 Bow Percelainshartbrewer 2019-03-13 18:36
This is very interesting - especially the part that determines where the clay came from. Unless writers of the 19th century were wrong the clay used by Bow came from the Cherokee lands of South Carolina an Georgia and was exported to England. Considering that before the revolution the making of anything beyond utility items was banned by the Crown and the most sophisticated item was the Ames shovel. All pottery/china is in "spar", which is short for feldspar an all formulas are in "oxides" as the feldspar group is that of oxides,sulfides and salts of minerals that have degraded into particulate. The clays that were used to make porcelains are of a particular group that was scarce. Clews is known for his Stafforshire pieces, but few know that after he closed that works he came to the U.S. - but never found the correct clay and made inferior pieces - with same name which confuses to this day. I would venture the pieces shown were really made in the UK.

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