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Four-Gallon Crock

ca. 1881
Origin: America, New Jersey, Flemington
OH: 11 1/2"; Diam: 11 1/2"
Stoneware, salt-glazed, gray with blue and Albany slip interior
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1972.900.1
Straight sided salt-glazed stoneware jar with two handles that are applied. Albany slip interior. Cobalt blue decoration of an abstract flower with a bow tied around the stem and a series of three outward radiating dots. The design was applied with a brush and a slip cup. A single incised band around the crock about an inch below the rim and a "4" stamped above the design, which is a capacity marker for this four gallon crock.
Label:Wide-mouthed jars, or crocks, were ideal for storing pickled or brined foods and often held lard, salted meat covered by lard, and butter as well. Most of these jars originally had loose-fitting ceramic lids that helped keep their contents from spoiling rapidly due to exposure to air. It is unusual to find an intact crock lid.
---Inspiration and Ingenuity: American Stoneware
Exhibition curated by Suzanne Findlen Hood
At the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
February 2007
Mark(s):"4": capacity mark above the blue design