Coming to you from Doc's Crocks is this wonderful 2 Gallon Churn made and stamped by "C. J. Merrill."
This is the mark of Calvin J. Merrill, one of Ohio's earliest potters who worked in Springfield Township and Middlebury, Ohio in the 1830's to 1850's. He mainly worked alongside his more famous brother, E. J. Merrill, but did work independently for a time as this jug attests (F. Robert Treichler, A History of Northeast Ohio Stoneware, pp. 30-33).
Made around 1850, this churn has Tall and Narrow Form with the Pottery Stamp and Front of the Handles Accented in Cobalt. Stands 12 1/2" tall.
Excellent Condition. Minor nibbles inside the rim, half-dozen chips outside the rim (1/4" or less), shallow chipping on the front edge of the right handle, and a minor chip on the base. No hairlines, cracks, stains, or restoration.
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