Made by Tennessee Pottery Co., Tennessee, IL
Wheel-thrown stoneware, salt-glazed exterior, brown slip-glazed interior, cobalt-blue slip stenciling
Stoneware was ideal for vessels like crocks and jars that had to withstand a great deal of rough use. Crocks this size were often called "butter pots." Smaller crocks were "cake pots," and larger 30- to 50-gallon crocks were "meat tubs." Crocks like this one usually came without matching lids. Ceramic covers of the appropriate sizes could be purchased, or plain tin or wooden lids could be used. Once the crock was filled and covered, a layer of hot wax was used to seal it.
Illinois State Museum purchase (702093)
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