The Henderson and Gaines Family of Ceramic Importers, New Orleans, Louisiana

Author(s): Thurston Hahn III

Year: 2013


The merchant family of Henderson and Gaines was the most prolific importer of ceramics in antebellum New Orleans, Louisiana.  Or, at least, the most archaeologically represented. The company of Henderson and Gaines enjoyed a lengthy lifespan, importing ceramics directly from Liverpool, England, and elsewhere into New Orleans between 1836 and 1866.  Their predecessors, however, first opened their doors to the trade in the early 1820s while their successors remained in business until the late 1870s.  Based upon marked pieces, the companies maintained a long-term business relationship with the Davenport potteries of Longport, and evidence of the vast quantity of ceramics they imported may be found on sites throughout much of the southeast United States. 

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The Henderson and Gaines Family of Ceramic Importers, New Orleans, Louisiana. Thurston Hahn III. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428508)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 486