Wonderful Beck Brothers of Parish, Iowa handled jug, probably for whiskey. Uncommon size is approximately two quarts (half gallon). Very appealing form and proportions -- this "pot thrower" had a nice touch. Applied strap handle evidences use wear at points where the user would have tipped up to pour or drink from this fine old piece. Mark is block impressed "Beck Bro. POTTERY Parish Iowa" is partially glazed over. Beck Bros. work is hard to find, especially in this form and size. Provenance tells us (from an Oregon country estate) that this jug probably came out West over the Oregon Trail with homesteaders to the Oregon Territory.
Dark brown ("Albany") slip over heavy stoneware body. Lots of glaze character on this piece, as it shows variations where the glaze has accumulated and dripped in the firing. Potter's finger marks show in the glaze at the base (this is not unusual in folk type potteries). One oval "glaze skip" at the shoulder shows off the clay body beneath (again, not an unusual feature of jug and crock work potteries of the 19th and early 20th century potteries). Dimensions: Approx. nine inches tall and six inches diameter at the base. The condition is excellent. The glaze and body are near mint; there is one very small glaze flake off at the rim of the neck clearly happened a long time ago (see detail photo), and the expected use wear from finger holds at the edges of the handle.
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