It is in overall excellent condition with a lip chip as shown; it bears no cracks and boasts a bold stencil. It also has a minor abrasion at the base edge as shown. It is 9.75 inches tall, nearly 6 inches in diameter at the top from the lip's edge, and 6 inches at the base. It holds a gallon of water.Natchez, Mississippi, was at the heart of the antebellum Cotton Kingdom in the Deep South. Today, its mansion homes are among the finest in the United States, as the town was not destroyed by Federal forces during the Civil War. This crock dates from the period of the end of the "War Between the States, " as Southerners called it, to the Reconstruction era, as the United States called it, circa 1870s, around the time when Federal forces occupied that urban jewel of the Old Confederacy. Prior to the war, the town boasted more millionaires than New York City per capita , with the planters' wealth made from cotton produced by enslaved African labor.
In the post-war era, the city continued as a cotton-based economy, with a diverse ethnic business community including people of Italian and Jewish heritage, as well as others who were members of earlier established families of English, European and African backgrounds. The last two photos portray the Natchez Landing community along the Mississippi River, circa 1865, and a post-war image of cotton being taken by wagon to Natchez. (the photos are shown for historical reference, and do not come with the crock). Here is an opportunity to add an important piece of desirable Mississippi-related stoneware to your collection. Thank you for your interest in preserving American history.
A fellow Ebayer advised me that this piece was likely manufactured in Greensboro, Pennsylvania, for J. Southern merchants often ordered stoneware from manufacturers up North.I appreciate all of your input. The item "NATCHEZ Mississippi Groceries Liquors c1870s antique stoneware crock whiskey jug" is in sale since Monday, June 22, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Ceramics & Porcelain\Jugs". The seller is "natchez7" and is located in Starkville, Mississippi. This item can be shipped to United States.