STAMPED "E. SUTER.", ROCKINGHAM CO., SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA DECORATED STONEWARE CHURN, salt-glazed, "4" gallon capacity mark, tall slightly ovoid form with incised shoulder ring, arched handles, and galleried rim with inner ledge for lid. Brushed cobalt upright floral decoration below stamp, additional cobalt across stamp and at handle terminals. Emanuel Suter's New Erection Pottery (1866-1890), probably potted by Joseph Silber (1827-1890), decoration likely by Emanuel Suter (1833-1902). Circa 1866-1880. 16 3/4" H, 8 1/2" D rim, 8 1/2" D base. Literature: See Evans/Suter - A Great Deal of Stone & Earthen Ware, p. 107 for a nearly identical five-gallon example stamped for Woods and Silber at Rawley Springs. See ibid, p. 106, fig. 212 for a closely related six-gallon example stamped for Suter that descended in the family of the potter. Provenance: From the estate of Robert Hanger, August Co., VA.
Excellent as-found condition, single inner-rim chip, light hairline to lower half of body on side and partially across base.