This relief-moulded gray stoneware tankard-shaped jug has applied (or sprigged) gray-blue stylized leaf decoration along its top. It was made by William Brownfield of Cobridge, Staffordshire, England between 1860 and 1870. It is marked on the base with Godden's mark #662.
The jug is smear glazed, a technique in which a thin coating of glaze is applied, usually in the form of a vapor (Lockett and Halfpenny 1982:109). Because the smear glaze is very thin, it helps accentuate the molded stippled detail of the body of this jug.
The jug is 5-1/4" high. There is an opening where a metal lid could have been fitted to the jug. Many relief molded jugs were made with this feature. Sometimes the lid was added, and sometimes it wasn't. There is no evidence that a lid was ever applied to this jug.
The condition is very good. There are no chips, crazing, or repairs. There is a very fine hairline crack which I tried to photograph for you (both interior and exterior shots). I filled the jug with water and let it stand for 24 hours, and there was no evidence of leakage. The jug rings nicely when tapped.
Item ID: 9595
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