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Sewer Tile Pottery Carved Sculpture of African-American Brown Bomber Joe Louis

Joe Louis, the Brown Bomber was active in the late 1930's to the late 1940's.  Born in Alabama and moved to Detroit at age ten... after being visited by a gang of the Klan. Let's not let that happen again.  Best known for his professional record, but also for standing up for civil rights all his life.  In 1934, Louis won his first professional title (for which he earned $59.00) and went on to win all 12 of his fights in 1934, ten by knockouts.  
Fine brown clay with skilled hands, Titled by hand but note on base is illegible.


Joe Lewis clay sculpture Circa 1940  Collection Jim Linderman

Sewer Tile End of Day Pottery Squirrel incised by hand Folk Art

Sewer Tile End of Day Pottery Squirrel incised by hand Folk Art.  Generally, squirrels are not often seen in folk art works.  They were pests and ate grain!  Still, as this was likely made for a child, it is cute!   Signed on base "JM" likely mid-20th Century. Collection Jim Linderman Dull Tool Dim Bulb

Sewer Pipe Sewer Tile Folk Art Monkey with Original Paint and Stamped Superior Clay Ullrichsville Ohio

There were apparently several dozen Sewer Pipe factories in the area around Ullrichsville Ohio.  J.W. Moore comes to mind.  This piece is incised with the company stamp "Superior Clay Corp. from Ullrichsville.  Interestingly, the company stamp often indicated the maker! This piece appears to have been "Handcrafted by Phillip (Patterson)?.

PAINTED Sewer Pipe Pottery is uncommon, but this piece looks to have been, if you will, an "inventory" item, so there may be more with paint. The paint isn't just "slopped" on, it's well done. The date is unknown but is old.  Mid to early 20th Century.

Sewer Tile Monkey painted by hand.  Collection Jim Linderman