Crocks like these have been used for centuries to store food, preserve drygoods and pickle vegetables. With the addition of a drainage hole in the base, the classic vessel can now be used to nurture potted plants, herbs, flowers and vegetables.
Americans began adopting salt-glazed stoneware in the early 1700s. By 1820, this sturdy, chip-resistant pottery was being produced in most major American urban centers, and stoneware became a ubiquitous part of the 19th century household. Traditionally, potters would decorate their wares with bold stripes or the trademark of their company, using a rich blue cobalt oxide.