Coming to you from Doc's Crocks is this Gorgeous Decorated 3 Gallon Cake Crock.
The clay color, form of the rim, and freehand decoration indicate that it was made by Alexander and William Boughner of Greensboro, Pennsylvania who worked in Greesnboro from 1852-1864 (Phil Shaltenbrand, Big Ware Turners, pp. 152-54).
Circa 1855, this beauty features the Finely Tooled Rim for Ease of Tying Down a Cover, Broad Top Stripe, Two Rows of Fancy Vining, Freehand Capacity Number, and Cobalt Accents at the Handle Terminals. The clay is the light glacial clay first used in Greensboro which ran out in the late 1860's and the cobalt is the bright cobalt we expect from Boughner.
Notice that the decorator put the Boughner "watchspring""2" capacity number on, realized his mistake, and then tried to erase the bottom of the "2" and make a "3".
Measures 8 1/2" tall and 11 1/4" wide across the top.
Excellent Condition. Traces of water glass staining inside from use, small nibbles on the bottom ridge of the tooled rim where it is very thin, two 1/4" chips on the right handle, and a faint line across the bottom that is only 2" on the outside. Looks like the bottom was slightly pushed up in the making.
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