Coming to you from Doc's Crocks is this early and uncommon 4 Gallon Ovoid Jar made and stamped by "T. P. Mead."
This is the mark of Truman P. Mead, son of Ira Mead, Sr., who made pottery in Summit and Portage County in the 1840's. For more information, see F. Robert Treichler, A History of Northeast Ohio Stoneware , p. 30.
Dating to the 1840's, this beauty features a Large 4 Gallon Size, Ovoid Form, Tall Neck, Ringed Shoulder, the Pottery Stamp with Cobalt Wash, and Cobalt Accent on the Front of the Handles. Measures 13" tall and 10" wide across the top.
Excellent Condition. Five small flakes inside the rim (1/8" to 1/4"), two chips outside the rim on the back (1/8", 1/2), and three faint and small surface crow's feet on the body (closeup 1). That's it! No hairlines, cracks, stains, or restoration. A 1/2" of the front footer came off in the making and is partly glazed over (closeup 2).
Ships double-boxed, insured, and FREE