Storage Jar

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Wide mouth storage jar created by enslaved potters David Drake (Dave the Potter) and Baddler, currently on exhibit in Museum's First Hall. Designed with four crock handles situated below the rolled rim, it is finished with an alkaline glaze coated inside and out. On one side, Dave signed both his and Baddler's name along with the initials of the man who owned him "LM" (Lewis Miles) and dated it "May 13, 1859." Along the shoulder of the other side he inscribed a line of poetry indicating how the jar was used, "Great and noble Jar hold Sheep goat & bear."