As in England, potteries coated their ware with clear glazes so that their pieces shined. Griffen, Smith & Hill was one distinguished Pennsylvania company, who sometimes marked its pieces with "G. S. H. " or categorized them as "Etruscan Pottery. "Other American organizations known for their majolica in the second half of the 19th century were Morrison & Carr, Chesapeake Pottery, and Edwin Bennett. They produced relish dishes, ice cream platters shaped like straw hats decorated with ribbons, and teapots in the shapes of cabbages. One of the most well liked majolica forms was the pitcher, which was occasionally designed to seem like it had been formed from vertical slices of wide bamboo, with more slender bamboo branches hired for the pitcher��s handle. Other pitchers resembled ears of corn, while syrup
boxes were routinely festooned with fat sunflowers or clusters of lily leaves and flora. There were platters and plates, or course, with leaf-shaped plates being a collectible
subcategory all its own (begonia leaves were particularly well known). Sardine boxes and cigarette cases were also produced��many were topped by African-American figures, known then as now as blackamoors.