Coming to you from Doc's Crocks is this early 4 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 (See 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 front of the handle terminals as well. Stands 14 1/2" tall.
Excellent Condition. Two 1/4" chips on the interior seating ring where a lid would sit, and a 3/8" chip outside the rim that may be a stoneping in the making. That is all for 180 years! No top rim or base chips, hairlines, cracks, stains, or restoration. Two short straw voids (1/2", 3/4") and a chip on the outside (1/2"), and a slight lean forward-- all in the making.
A nice early and large Ohio ovoid jar.
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