Rare and probably unique Bristol County redware jar with a Quaker hat lid finial, circa 1820. The jar, with a typical Bristol County glaze, is marked with an incised "A" on the bottom. The lid has the same incised "A" confirming the matching pieces. Ht. 8 1/2". Condition: Chips and wear to the jar rim; chips to cover and hat finial; hat rim broken and re-glued in one area. Typical glaze rubbing to jar’s mid-section. Note of Quaker connection: According to Laura Watkins, Early New England Potters and Their Wares (1968), the potters of Bristol County were all Quakers. See chapter 10 entitled, "The Quaker Potters of Bristol County". This type of hat was a trademark of the Quaker heritage. Pictures of Moses Brown, Rhodes Island’s most famous Quaker, always show him in a Quaker hat. I believe that this hat finial jar was made for a relative of an unknown Quaker potter to honor their Quaker heritage.