A very rare and important English molded, yellow glazed stoneware jug showing scenes from Harriett Beecher Stows Classic Uncle Tom's Cabin, c. 1858. The sides of the 9" jug show 2 events in the novel: the Slave Market and Eliza fleeing across the ice-clogged river with the baby. The jug also has a beseeching slave handle, the English symbol for Emancipation. The jug has yellow glaze on the exterior, and white on the interior. As noted, it is a large jug, measuring 9" to the top of the handle and a little over 7" from handle to spout. Although this jug is not marked, others I have seen carry the molded Ridgway and Abington mark of the mid-late 1850s.
This jug displays very well and has what appear to be museum restorations: i.e. enough restoration to cover hairlines on the exterior, but not so much as to render them invisible without a blacklight. I think the bottom of the jug and the exterior on the back side, by the handle exhibit this type of restoration. There are faint hairlines in both places that are visible only on the interior of the jug. In addition, there is a tine line on the edge of the spout and some light, overall crazing. The handle itself is original.
Uncle Tom's Cabin was an extremely important novel in England, ready extensively by the middle class. It would seem only natural that the English potters would seize the opportunity to manufacture and sell items related to this book.
Item ID: WPA 295