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The clay for this crock came from New Jersey. Moved by boat and by cart to Massachusetts, there potters fashioned crocks, churns, and other vessels from the stoneware clay, glazed them with table salt, and sometimes decorated them with flowers and birds in cobalt. Made for a period of eight years in the mid-19th century in Ashfield, Massachusetts, the finished stoneware was sold by peddlers all over the northeast. Stoneware meant a big improvement in food storage since the salt glaze was less likely to contaminate foodstuffs than earthenware vessels glazed with lead.


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Stoneware Crock

creator   Hastings and Belding
location   Ashfield, Massachusetts
diameter   10.5"
height   10.5"
process/materials   stoneware
item type   Household Goods/Container
accession #   #K.821

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