Coming to you from Doc's Crocks is this early 1 Gallon Ovoid Jar with Lid made and stamped by "I. M. Mead & Co."
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 (See F. Robert Treichler, A History of Northeast Ohio Stoneware, pp. 27-29).
Made around 1840, this jar has an Early Ovoid Form, Pottery Stamp Accented in Cobalt, Generous Cobalt Accents at the Handle Terminals, and Original Lid. Stands 9 3/4" tall.
Very Good Condition. Eight small chips on the rim (1/8" to 1/2"), and some glaze wear and isolated staining from use. No inner rim or base chips, hairlines, cracks, or restoration. The narrow chip on the base edge is in the making. The lid is mint.
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