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Decker, Charles F., Sr. (Karl Frederick), 1832-1914


Charles Frederick Decker was born Karl Frederick Decker on April 4, 1832 in Langenalb, Baden, Germany. Both his father, Josef Decker, and his paternal grandfather were potters by trade. Little is known of his life in Germany. Charles Decker is known to have immigrated to the United States in the mid-to-late 1840’s, settling in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While there, Decker was employed at Richard C. Remmey’s Stoneware Manufacturing Company. In 1856, Decker opened Keystone Pottery in Philadelphia.. This business operated until 1871, when he moved to the Chuckey Valley along Nolichucky River, south of Jonesborough, Tennessee. After settling in the region, he reopened Keystone Pottery in August of 1873.


For more information on Charles F. Decker and his family and their work at Keystone Pottery, please see The Pottery of Charles F. Decker: a life well made (Jonesborough, Tenn.: Jonesborough / Washington County History Museum and Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center, 2004).

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Beverly Burbage Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-597
Arrangement The collection is organized into two series as follows: Series 1, Subject Files, 1856-1997 and undated, Boxes 1-2 and Series 2, Photographic Images, 1898-1989 and undated, Boxes 3-8 and one folder in Small Photograph Collection Box 6.
Dates: 1856-1997