|Title:||Brick; Pottery Kiln, Paul "Scotchie" Chrismer.|
This brick is from the 1970's estate sale of Paul "Scotchie" Chrismer of Bonneauville, PA. The Paul Chrismer house is located on the north side of West Hanover Street, on or near where the kiln of David Ditzler stood before the Civil War. Renowned potter Anthony Baecher is known as "The best of the best of the Shenandoah Valley School of Potters." He married, lived and worked in Bonneauvile ("Bonaughtown") at Ditzler's Pottery. It was there that he was employed shortly after his arrival in the United States from Bavaria.
Paul Chrismer operated a weld shop beside his house in the 1950's. He owned a bulldozer and did excavating work for himself and for others. Mr. Chrismer excavated a pond on the acreage behind his house around 1957. Perhaps this randomly glazed brick turned up somewhere on his property - once an internal wall brick from the long abandoned Ditzler Kiln. The glazing color approximates Baecher pottery objects displayed by the late H. Ditzler of Biglerville, PA.
|Acquired from:||Paul Chrismer Property Auction.|