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Wedgwood Rare tile found "The Old Man of the Mountain".......May, 13

The Old Man of the Mountain, also known as the Great Stone Face or the Profile, was a series of five granite cliff ledges on Cannon Mountain in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, United States, that, when viewed  from the north, appeared to be the jagged profile of a face. The rock formation was 1,200 feet (370 m) above Profile Lake and measured 40 feet (12 m) tall and 25 feet (7.6 m) wide. The site is located in the town of Franconia.

The first recorded mention of the Old Man was in 1805.

The formation was carved by glaciers and was first recorded as being discovered by a surveying team around 1805.

The official state history says several groups of surveyors were working in the Franconia Notch area at the time and claimed credit for the discovery.

The Old Man was famous largely because of statesman Daniel Webster, a New Hampshire native who once wrote: “Men hang out their signs indicative of their respective trades; shoe makers hang out a gigantic shoe; jewellers a monster watch, and the dentist hangs out a golden tooth; but up in the Mountains of New Hampshire, God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that there “He maketh men.”

We have just come across 5 matching tiles by Wedgwood from its “American Series” depicting the Old Man of the Mountains, Mt Franconia, the black has Wedgwood impressed pot mark in the centre. The rock formation of the Old Man of the Mountain was located in New Hampshire and discovered around 1805. (see picture) – for those in Great Britain thinking of booking an airplane ticket – sadly, this formation collapsed to the ground between midnight and 2am on May 3rd 2003.

Dismay over the collapse was so great that people left flowers at the base of the cliffs in tribute and in 2004.

The state legislation considered a proposal to change the New Hampshire State flag to include the profile –

however, the idea is still currently shelved.  ‘Never Mind’ 

See the images and imagine them in your fireplace after all they are made by Josiah Wedgewood



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