The Craven family is one of the most notable North Carolina potting dynasties, beginning with Peter Craven (circa 1712–1791), who moved to North Carolina around 1745. Enoch Spinks Craven was part of the fourth generation of Craven potters. He and at least four of his seven brothers threw pots, and they undoubtedly learned the craft from their father, the Reverend John Craven (circa 1770–1832). The number 3 that appears under Enoch’s mark on this jug indicates that it could hold three gallons. Note the high shoulders of this two-handled jug, a stylistic holdover from the eighteenth century. Jugs that were this size or larger were usually made with double handles.
Place object was created: Randolph County, NC
stoneware, salt glaze
Measurements: height: 16 inches diameter: 9 inchesGift of the Mint Museum Auxiliary and Daisy Wade Bridges from the Collection of Walter and Dorothy Auman H1983.190.182
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