Secrets & Symbols: Cooler by George Fulton

Time Period
1825 to 1860
1861 to 1876
Media Type
Art & Architecture
Decorative Arts

Cooler for water or beer, 1856
George N. Fulton (1834–1894) for David Parr’s Pottery, Richmond, Virginia
On long-term loan from The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV 

Before establishing his own successful pottery business in the Shenandoah Valley, George Fulton was a journeyman potter. At age 21, he secured a job at a Richmond pottery where he made this cooler—the earliest known example of his work.