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Barber, Edwin Atlee, 1851-1916 / Tulip ware of the Pennsylvania-German potters : an historical sketch of the art of slip-decoration in the United States
(1903)

Chapter IX: Slip potters of eastern Pennsylvania, eighteenth century,   pp. [103]-[124]


Page 109

OF THE PENNSYLVANIA GERMANS
were inscribed with lines of poetry and dates and bore the
name of Thomas Smith, the maker. The writer has been
informed that Thomas Paxson, of Buckingham, once owned
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Made by Joseph Smith, 1767.
Owned by Mr. James Terry, New Haven, Conn.
a dish that came from the Smith pottery, on which was incised
the following lines:
"Here is health to the man who has a half Joe*
And has the heart to lend it;
Let the dogs take him who has a whole Joe
And hasn't the heart to spend it."
*A gold coin which was current in the rural districts a hundred years ago.
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