I inherited this stoneware crock but have no idea what it is or its age. It has an unusual top. It was in an old southern plantation home in Virginia that dates to early 1800s. It could have been placed there at any time. It does have 3 words on the on the bottom that I can't make out... possibly Mallino?.. .. N?... L..? Any ideas? Its about 6" tall.
Can you do a rubbing of the base? It looks like a British jam jar from the turn of the 20th century but I have no idea about that lid. I'm not sure they originally went together, although it's odd for them to both have that extreme crazing of the glaze.