Made in Galena, IL
Wheel-thrown red earthenware, mottled lead-based glaze of yellow, green, and orange
Preserving or storage jars, such as this three-quart vessel, were used for keeping a variety of foodstuffs, including stewed fruits and vegetables as well as staples like flour. Redware pieces lacked the durability of stoneware and were eventually replaced, especially when it became known that lead glazes could cause lead poisoning. Many pottery jars had no lids and were sealed with lard and covered with cheesecloth, while others were covered with tin, wood, or ceramic lids and sealed with wax.
Gift of Harold Ashton, Chicago, IL (702204)
© Illinois State Museum 31-Dec-96