Leeds Silver Luster Puzzle Jug ca. 1890Leeds Silver Luster Puzzle Jug ca. 1890Leeds Silver Luster Puzzle Jug ca. 1890Leeds Silver Luster Puzzle Jug ca. 1890Leeds Silver Luster Puzzle Jug ca. 1890Leeds Silver Luster Puzzle Jug ca. 1890Leeds Silver Luster Puzzle Jug ca. 1890Leeds Silver Luster Puzzle Jug ca. 1890Leeds Silver Luster Puzzle Jug ca. 1890

Puzzle jugs have been made for centuries, and were especially popular in the taverns of the 18th and 19th centuries.
This version is in silver luster, over a dark brown body, and has an openwork collar, which would seemingly make it impossible to drink or pour from without spillage. There is a tubular device circling the collar, with three spouts. The body has the impressed legend "Gentlemen Come Try Your Skill/ I'll Hould You Sixpence if You Will/ You Cannot Drink Unless You Spill" (a bit hard to read due to poor impression).

The trick apparently is to use one of the spouts attached to the ring and hollow handle while covering the other two collar ring holes as well as a small hole in the handle.

Well, they didn't have television back then.

Leeds potty re-issued earlier forms in the 1890 era, and I suspect this item dates from that period.

Impressed mark "Leeds Pottery"

Size: Approximately 7" high.

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs.

Note that I try to be conservative about condition descriptions, carefully noting any flaws. Of course, with antique items, there will be some signs of usage, and/or manufacturing defects. But overall, my customers have always been pleasantly surprised upon receiving their items, and of course, returns are no problem if I happen to miss anything.

ITEM ID
1830
ITEM TYPE
Antique
ORIGIN
England • English
PURPOSE
Pitchers, Ewers

Leeds Silver Luster Puzzle Jug ca. 1890

$174

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