This important example of American earthenware pottery is inscribed: Captain Jonathan Terry / Oysterponds / October 6th 1800. We do not know precisely where it was made, but it is likely that it was made for Captain Terry on Eastern Long Island or in Connecticut. The pottery works nearest to Oysterponds was the Stirling Pottery Factory in Greenport, but it was not established until about 1819. The Terry pot is very similar to one in the Winterthur Museum and Country Estate in Delaware, which has an inscribed date – extraordinarily – just one day later than the Oysterponds Pot. The Terry family has been on the North Fork since the earliest European settlement in the seventeenth century. This pot was given by Marian Edwards and her brother Irving Latham. Their mother was a Terry.