More keywords are finger smearing, indented base, Moonshine / home-brew beer / brewing arts (or Wine Mash), Cabbage Sauerkraut fermentation (or for Pickles / Pickling brine jar), Pot (of Vintage Old Antique Civil War Victorian Era Thrown Pottery Factory Works), German Americana = a "Mashing in" Piece... PLANT FOLIAGE & HERBS / HERB LEAVES IDENTIFICATION, would be helpful in identifying its main function. Add: Blue-Decorated (vine sprig w/ tendril & tendrils).It is clearly wheel-spun (potter's wheel turned), & it has very prominent KILN FURNITURE BOTTOM MARKINGS... Study My Pics Very Closely (for the damage). PAGE 123 & PAGE 149 of "TRADITIONAL STONEWARE OF THE BLUFF CITY" by GREG MATHIS shows nearly identical vessels (as mine here), & identifies this area as a highly historical Stage Coach Stop + Inn / Boarding House Saloon / Tavern / Bar?? BUCK INN was located near the intersection of ALBY ST. & DELMAR (on the northern edge of GREENWOOD, IL)... Later, Greenwood, IL became North Alton. P J MELLING & WILLIAM HALL were the first postmasters of the communities. The item "Cobalt (1868 North Alton, IL Buck Inn Western Pottery) Jar 5 With Kiln Furniture" is in sale since Friday, January 26, 2018. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Pottery & China\China & Dinnerware\Stoneware". The seller is "silkroad2016" and is located in O'Fallon, Illinois. This item can be shipped to United States.