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Philomath, OR 97370
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10:00am - 4:30pm

Featured artifact: Etruscan Majolica shell pattern

Shell and seaweed pattern Majolica bowl
"Etruscan" brand of Griffen, Smith, and Hall
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Pattern introduced 1879

Majolica is a brightly colored, tin-glazed earthenware that became popular in Britain in the 1850s.  By the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876, the craze had spread to the U. S. The shell and seaweed pattern was the most popular and established Griffen, Smith and Hall as the  primary American makers of majolica.  The company closed in 1893 due to a combination of fire and changing consumer tastes.

Etruscan Majolica, mfg. 1880-1940.
Etruscan Majolica, mfg. 1880-1940.

Etruscan Majolica maker's mark
Etruscan Majolica maker's mark

Oregon State University Horner Museum Collection
sponsored and supported in part by the
Horner Museum Fund


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© 2008 - 2014 Benton County Historical Society & Museum
Philomath, Oregon
The Benton County Historical Society is a nonprofit corporation that operates museum facilities for the preservation of history and culture.  Its mission is to:

  1. Preserve the material and intellectual culture of Benton County, Oregon, by acquiring and caring for significant collections that illustrate and interpret the history of the area and its relationship to the world;
  2. Enrich people's lives through exhibitions and educational programs.