1800s Antique Stoneware Crock 3 Gal Hand Painted Blue Leaf Motif
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• Hand-painted crock with two handles • Stamped with the number 3, for three-gallon capacity • Distinctive characteristics include the hand-painted blue glaze leaf design over tan or brownish clay • Glossy salt glaze finish • Very good condition • Wear consistent with age and use
Farmers and cooks prepared vegetables, such as cucumbers or cabbages, and placed them in the crock under a heavy lid to keep microbes such as mold out. Over a period of weeks, carbon dioxide would escape, and, by a Lacto-fermentation process, the contents of the crock were pickled.