The Stroud Brewery Co. Jug is wrapped in the original wicker basket and has it's original cork. The top is stamped "THE STROUD BREWERY CO. LIMITED, STROUD, 4139. The cork is stamped on the inside "COOK'S". In researching the item, I wrote to The Stroud Brewing Co. that is still in operation today. Here is what they sent me.
The stoneware flagon was used by the old (and not quite as good as the new) Stroud Brewery for sales of wine and spirits. This particular flagon would have been used around 1890-1920. They come in different sizes from 2 pints to 6 gallons and were all individually numbered for deposit charges. The stopper looks like it came from another local brewery taken over by the old Stroud Brewery - namely Cooks Brewery from Tetbury. That the flagon survives in its wicker basket is quite unusual as they have almost all rotted away by now. Approach any contents with extreme caution!! Hope Mill Lane, London Road Stroud Gloucestershire GL5 2BU
We are so pleased to report that the jug is empty. Although it does have quit a strong aroma if you pull the cork out. We are happier to report that the basket is in great condition, very sturdy, and the cork is intact and firm. It measures about 1 foot high and about 8 inches across and weighs between 5-6 pounds.