We can't find any maker marks and are pretty sure this is a one-of-a-kind potter's masterpiece. The 7.5" tall covered jar has a pewter rim on jar and lid, and it's a rich repository for a smoker's tobacco packs, tools, etc., that has also a pouch for matches worked into its exterior as well as several holders for either cheroot holders or cigars - you choose. All around the outer jar you'll see oak leaves and acorns in 3-D bas relief, hand moulded in the old potters' clay. The handle on the lid is a double loop of clay that is part of the stem and vine. And the overall glaze is a rich forest brown. Much larger in size than any of the smokers tobacco jars we've found in similar style, it's a full 5.5" diameter plus the outcroppings of fitted cigar and match holders.
Very good to excellent condition throughout. There are no chips that I can see (perhaps a tiny nip somewhere but not a real chip). There are no cracks, no hairlines. The pewter rim is of a fine old patina by now. We'd date this one mid-1800s. Beautifully fouled and hand built, not a mould cast piece. A work of potter's artistry, fine form. Measurements are noted on the photos.
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