Large J.A. Roberts Middle Tennessee stoneware pottery 10-gallon jar with dark albany slip glaze, having two lug handles, stamped "J. A. ROBERTS POTTERY" along the lower body and "10" denoting capacity to neck. 21 1/2" H x 13" W. Late 19th/early 20th century. History: 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. CONDITION: Old wire below the rim of the jar. 4" hairline to rim area extending to upper shoulder. 3" hairline extending from body to base. Scattered chips, largest 1/2", to rim, body, and base. Glaze exfoliation to exterior and interior. Areas of loss, largest 1 1/4", to terminus of handles.
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