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Stoneware Pitcher with impressed and outlined initials of TBL for Thomas Love ( ?- 1873), TN below extruded handle. Overall very good condition with a couple of firing flaws at the midsection. 7" H x 5-1/2" W x 3-1/2" base diameter. Mid 19thcentury. Biography: (Courtesy of Sam Smith at the Tenn Archaeological Association). Thomas B. Love was listed in the 1850 U.S. Census (McMinn County) as a farmer/potter. The earliest information found regarding Love comes from the1830 census for McMinn County. Living next door to Love in 1830, was Francis Reevely (listed as a potter on the 1850 census for Hamilton County). It is reasonable to assume that Love and Reevely were working together in 1830. By 1860, Love was61 years old and no longer listed as a potter (1860 U. S. Census. McMinn County). It seems likely the pottery was out of operation by that time, but no exact ending date was determined. Love died on June 24. 1873 and was buried in anearby cemetery. The inventory and sale of his personal property on October 17, 1873 is of some interest "Included in a long list of household items are two large lots of crockery and crocks. one of which sold for $5 and the other $10 (McMinn