Coming to you from Doc's Crocks is this early 3 Gallon Ovoid Jar made and stamped by "I. M. Mead, Portage Co., 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 jar has an Early Ovoid Form with the Pottery Stamp Accented in Cobalt. Cobalt accent on the handle terminals as well. Stands 12 3/4" tall.
Very Good Condition. A 1/4" chip inside the rim and four chips outside the rim (1/8" to 1/2"). That's it! No lid ledge or base chips, hairlines, cracks, stains, or restoration. A 8" drying line inside in the making that appears as an 8" stain outside on the right side toward the back (closeup).
A nice early Ohio ovoid jar.
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