Small, Antique Stoneware Ink Crock: Stephens

This brown glazed, stoneware crock is marked:-

STEPHENS

ALDERSGATES

LONDON.

Stephens' Ink was invented by the British physician, Dr Henry Stephens (1796-1864), who in 1832 first developed his indelible "blue-black writing fluid" that became the basis of a successful manufacturing enterprise lasting over 130 years. Being indelible and non-fading, Stephens' ink was made mandatory by the British government for all for legal documents and ships' log books.

Measures: 11 cm H x 5.5 cm diameter 

There is a sliver chip near the spout which has been disguised with a dab of paint.