|Title:||Map; The Shenandoah Valley School of Potters.|
The most notable craftsperson ever to have plied his trade in Bonneauville was Mr. Anthony Baecher. The time was mid-19th Century and after. Very soon after arriving in New York City by ship Baecher arrived in Bonneauville (then Bonaughtown) and began employment at the kiln of one David Ditzler.
After a lengthy term of employment in Bonneauville, Baecher relocated to Frederick, Maryland. He later purchased property in Winchester, Virginia and built his own kiln. Anthony Baecher became known as “the best of the best of the Shenandoah Valley School of Potters”. On todays auction market some of Ditzler's finer pieces can easily bring considerably more than $35,000.00.
In his book; “Folk Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley” (E. P. Dutton Co., 1975), author William E. Wiltshire III provides a map of the “Shenandoah Pottery Region”. The area includes parts Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Wiltshire includes Adams County, PA in his map. Ditzler/Baecher kiln location has since been added.
See the following catalog Numbers in this file for references to Baecher: 1996-02, 2008-03, 2013-78, 2016-20, 2016-34, and 2018-16.Also consider exploring on-line or on-site; Crocker Farms Auction, 15900 York Road, Sparks, MD.