Coming to you from Doc's Crocks is this early 2 Gallon Ovoid Jug made and stamped by "I. M. Mead, Mogadore, Ohio."
This is the mark of Ira Mead, one of Ohio's earliest potters who worked in Portage County, Ohio in the 1830's to 1850's (F. Robert Treichler, A History of Northeast Ohio Stoneware, pp. 27-29).
Made around 1840, this jug sports a Large Early Ovoid Form with the Pottery Stamp Accented in Cobalt, and a Huge Tulip. The tulip has 5 leaves and a large blossom. Freehand capacity number above the tulip. The cobalt was liberally applied. Stands 13 1/2" tall.
Very Good Condition. Two flat chip on top of the spout (1/8", 3/8"), a horizontal line in the handle near the bottom (closeup), a 3/4" chip on the underside at the edge, and some staining from use. No body hairlines, cracks or restoration. A kiln touch in the blossom and a 3/4" surface firing line in the handle at the base- both in the making.
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