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Jug added to State Museum collection worth more than $100K

Posted at: 04/12/2013 4:22 PM
Updated at: 04/12/2013 5:54 PM
By: Bill Lambdin

ALBANY - It is the latest and one of the most valuable donations.

A four gallon stoneware jug made in the 1880's by Fulper Brothers in Flemington, New Jersey.

It went for well over 100-thousand dollars at auction, bought by scrap metal king Adam Weitsman and like all his other acquisitions, given to the State Museum.

"I mean we're thrilled," said Senior Historian Jennifer Lemak. "Everytime we get a box or anytime there's a delivery, it's like Christmas opening it up and seeing what Adam brought us."

These art objects are made of a special clay found only in a small area around New York City.

A different clay of local origin is used to line the inside.

"On the inside of the crocks and the pots there is a brown clay called Albany slip clay and that was from this area," said Lemak.

The artwork, in this case a male and female acrobat, helps make it distinctive and very valuable, although at the time the stuff was produced, it was treated more like every day kitchen equipment.

All 210 pieces in the State Museum collection have been donated by Adam Weitsman, who started collecting at age 11.

Two different newspaper articles found in a file search report he served about 8 months in federal prison on a check kiting charge around 2005.

That doesn't seem to have affected his generosity or made much of a dent in his net worth.