Sunday, May 24, 2009
Another elusive Wedgwood fiction book came our way some time ago. This one has obviously spent time in a wet basement, the binding is falling off, and there is lots of evidence of mold on the cover. The book was bound, produced from a typescript - not hard to tell, the printing is that of a typewriter! The title of this gem is The Wedgwood Pitcher, written in 1944 by Ruby Dell Baugher, a shut-in who wrote several books (Google her name and you'll find a list). In this volume, she thanks her friend who did her library research for her. The book was published by The Hobson Book Press, Cynthiana, KY. The story is a classic one of early American pioneer migration from east across Kentucky and along the Ohio River to a new home and new life in Ohio. Conestoga wagons, trials, tribulations and a Wedgwood pitcher make the journey west with the family of a wife and mother, daughters, sons and slaves. The story is warm and exciting, the love of family stands strong. The Wedgwood pitcher means very little in the grand scheme of the rigorous trip, but everything in the minds of the family members. It represents what they left behind, it represents their status in life, their pride, their sumptuous residence abandoned to the sense of adventure. Reading this book might help understand the psychology of Wedgwood; you won't learn a thing about Wedgwood bodies, history, colors, marks or values, but you will find a sense of pride, a love of beauty, a sense of why collectors collect things - symbols in our lives that tell far more in our minds than sometimes we can express aloud. It's a bit of a laborious read, but probaby worth the trouble in the end! Especially if you are searching for the meaning of your Wedgwood life! Go to this website to find some copies in a few libraries around the country. I'd love to know what you think after you've read it! Enjoy!