This is a beautiful old jug made by the stein makers Reinhold Merkelbach of Grenzhausen. I believe it is considered salt glazed stoneware with a pewter lid. It has beautiful brown tones and a nice form and was undoubtedly used as a serving piece. There are seven round medallions with a profiled face in each plus a face with a long flowing beard opposing the handle. There is quite a bit written around the center band but it would appear that it might be in German. On the bottom it is marked Made in Western Germany with the RMG logo. This particular logo was used by the company from 1945-1964. There is also a "1" and an "E" on the bottom.
It measures about 8 1/2" to the top of the lid and about 1/2" taller to the top of the knob. It probably measures about 6" in diameter at the widest point and 3 13/16" in diameter at the base. It is in very good condition with minimal wear. There is a small nick on the bottom which is shown in the pictures.
The pictures are not shown at actual size. Please refer to the description for actual measurements.
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Vintage RMG Stoneware Jug - Reinhold Merkelbach of Grenzhausen Stein Makers 1945-1964