STEPHEN B. SWEENEY, HENRICO CO., VIRGINIA DECORATED STONEWARE CHURN, salt-glazed, approximately three-gallon capacity, tall ovoid form with three incised shoulder rings, arched handles, and deep galleried rim with inner ledge for lid. Brushed cobalt cloud-like decoration on both sides, additional cobalt at handle terminals. Stephen B. Sweeney (1799-1862), Bailey's Creek, Henrico Co., VA. Circa 1838-1862. 17 1/4" H, 6 7/8" D rim. Literature: For the latest research on Sweeney see Hunter (ed.) - Ceramics in America 2013, pp. 231-237 - "The Remarkable 19th-Century Stoneware of Virginia's Lower James River Valley", by Kurt Russ, Rob Hunter, Oliver Mueller-Heubach, and Marshall Goodman. See ibid, p. 234, fig. 49 for a closely related example.
Excellent appearance with professional restoration to rim and base.