INSCRIPTION: “This is the Property of my own make by J. Henkel Ser. July 11–th, 1839 for Mrss. Spigle of Botetourt County Virginia” “Cookie jar” “look out sir”
MAKER: Jesse Henkel (1796-after 1860) was born in Maryland, possibly around Hagerstown, and first appeared in the 1840 Botetourt County, Virginia census, listed as a manufacturer or tradesmen. In 1850, he is listed specifically as a potter.