This heavy copper haystack jug, also called a lipped measure, was the property of the Royal Navy during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). A lead stamp on the inside rim marked VR for Victoria Regina, attests that the jug was inspected and met specifications for volume standards. The “GALLON” mark is stamped on the front of the body of the jug. One more authenticating mark shows on the front foot of the jug. It is the broad sword insignia, sometimes called the crow’s foot mark, and signifies that it was the property of the Royal Navy.
The one-gallon measure weighs in at approximately 4.5 pounds empty and has seen much use. Please study the photos for its history of dents and dings.
11.75 high (at the top of the handle), 8.75 inches diameter across the foot, 10.75 at its widest from the front of the foot to the far side of the handle.