Manufacturer: Maddock – England
User: Hudson Navigation Company
Date of pitcher: circa 1904 – 1911
Notes: From Wikipedia: "Charles W. Morse was an American businessman and speculator who committed frauds and engaged in corrupt business practices. His attempt to manipulate the price of copper-shares set off a wave of selling that developed into the Panic of 1907. Jailed for violating federal banking laws, he faked serious illness and was released. Later he was indicted for war profiteering and fraud.
"In 1902 Morse acquired control of both overnight steamboat lines on the Hudson River – the People's Line, established in 1835, and the Citizens' Line, established in 1872 – and organized the Hudson Navigation Company to operate them. They were collectively known as the Hudson River Night Line. The People's Line named its new 411-foot steamer C.W. Morse in his honor in 1904. Morse controlled the Hudson Navigation Company until its bankruptcy in 1921. The receivers quickly changed the name of the C.W. Morse to Fort Orange."
White body vitrified pitcher with a navy and white band near the top that looks like a chain. On the left side of the pitcher the chain/band is broken with the placement of the Hudson Navigation Company logo. This logo consists of a flag on a pole, and the flag has a wide navy strip at both the top and bottom. Between these two stripes on a white background is the inter-locking "HNCo" monogram in red.
For additional info:
Hudson Navigation Company by Maddock Pottery
New York Heritage digital collections
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
ID and pitcher photo: Kathleen Lathom
Silverware photo: Edward Babcock
Author: Ed Phillips