Jars are generally distinguished from pots and crocks by their smaller openings and mouths. Most earlier types were somewhat ovoid, but 18th-century straight-sided jars are known. Whatever the body form, the jar will have a pronounced lip (to facilitate sealing it with a piece of cloth or oiled paper). Some examples have turned inner ledges on which matching lids rested. Thrown cylindrical redware jar (also known as a stew pot) with flat bottom, straight sides, slightly curved shoulders, flared neck, neck/rim is indented or stepped to receive a lid, the circular lid has a round knob-like handle, incised "57" or "59" on bottom of jar and "59" on the bottom of the lid, covered with a streaked greenish, russet brown speckled glaze on dark red ground, lid is decorated with a similar glaze and appears to be the original lid given its tight fit and appearance, Condition: there are several chips on the rim, and a hairline crack from the rim about 2 inches into the body of the pot, minute glaze chips off the rim of the lid, Current attribution provided by American ceramics scholar Justin Thomas, 1/16/2019. A similarly glazed example with handle (missing lid) is in the collection of Old Sturbridge Village, 87.2.50. It is attributed to Bridgton, Cumberland County, Maine, c. 1800-1840. This object is incised "44" on the base. The object was collected in South Bridgton, Maine and is from the Spooner Collection.
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