Sugar Bowl made by James W. Mackley in 1876, Thurmont, Maryland. Glazed redware. 1954.43.5 a-b

Sugar Bowl made by James W. Mackley in 1876, Thurmont, Maryland. Glazed redware. 1954.43.5 a-b

This whimsical sugar bowl with its bird finial and exhuberant floral decoration is the work of James Mackley after he and Anthony Bacher terminated their working relationship in 1868. The molded flowers seen on both this sugar bowl and the flower box may have been one of Mackley’s signature motifs.