Two (2) Middle Tennessee stoneware pottery items, including J. A. Roberts. 1st item: Large jug with light to dark brown transitional alkaline glaze and partial extruded strap handle. Stamped "J. A. ROBERTS" along the base. 12 3/4" H x 10 3/4" W. Note: Originally born in NC, Roberts learned the pottery trade from his father. He became an active potter in the Cookeville, TN area by the early 1870's and continued potting until after 1900. (Research courtesy of Carole Wahler). 2nd item: Ovoid form jug with dark to light brown transitional salt glaze, slightly rolled rim. Illegible stamp "IC"(?) below rim. 11 3/8" H x 8 1/4" W. Both items late 19th/early 20th century. Provenance: Private Southern Collection. CONDITION: 1st item: Majority of handle is not present. Chips, largest 1/2", to rim. 2nd item: Overall good condition with general wear, firing flaws. Several radiating hairlines, largest 5 3/4", above base.
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