Alabama Folk Pottery In Cemeteries

If you have any interest in Alabama pottery, you should know Joey Brackner and his (*fantastic, encyclopedic*) book, Alabama Folk Pottery.

I know Joey, so when I found these curious markers in a Walker County cemetery, I asked him what he thought.  He says they were made by the Loyd family in Pine Springs, near Sulligent.

Stoneware Markers, Walker County AL

Sure enough, there’s a picture of a very similar marker in his book.  The Loyds did register a US patent for stoneware tombstones in 1879, and they kept making these into the 1890s.  They’re all salt glazed with cobalt decoration.  
Stoneware Markers, Walker County AL

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