Large English 3-Gallon Copper Ale Harvest/Haystack Jug with Custom and Excise Stamp of Queen Victoria
We purchased this jug in England while on a recent buying trip. It is absolutely stunning and massive. The jug is 15 1/4 inches tall, and 13 1/2 inches wide at the base. The jug holds 3 gallons of water or ale, or any liquid, depending upon your preference. The jug can be used to hold liquid.
There is one seal inside the rim of the jug. It is a circular seal and is the official seal of local officials and in this case it was stamped during the reign of Queen Victoria. The seal shows the initials (not very clearly) V R (Victoria Rex---Queen Victoria). Thus the jug dates to Victorian era, and we think this might be mid-century, circa 1850. Additionally on the seal is the inspector's number (520) and the number 03 which indicated the volume of the jug, 3 gallons. The size of the jug is also stamped on the side of the jug (3 gallon in this case), and is visible halfway down beneath the spout. Beautiful lettering.
The jug is tin lined, and as indicated, it will hold water--no leaks. The handle of the jug is riveted to the jug with copper rivets. The handle is strong and sturdy. In the photos, you can see two impressions on the handles, perhaps there to help with the grip of this very large jug. There are a few dings here and there, but they do not detract from this wonderful haystack jug.
This is a wonderful, and very collectible haystack ale jug made of copper and tin, and in very good condition.