A superb early 19th century English copper 'haystack' measure, named due to its shape which resembled haystacks of the period. This wonderful example, made from a good quality copper, has dovetailed construction, manufacturer's hallmarks and tariff marks. These pitchers, or jugs, were used throughout the Georgian period for measuring ale and other spirits in pubs and range in size from 1/2 pint to three gallons or larger. The size was stamped on the front of the pitcher. A local official would periodically visit each establishment and check to see if the measure was correct and, if it was, he would plant a lead seal somewhere around the rim with the date, his inspector’s number, and a crown with the initials of the current king or queen.
This attractive jug stands 9 1/4" high to the top of the handle and measures 8 3/4" in diameter across the bottom. Quite a substantial piece weighing over three pounds. Considering its age, and the fact that this would have been used on a daily basis, this measure is in very, very good condition. There is one very shallow dent on the left side and a couple of very minor dings, but aside from that there are no other dents, creases, cracks, gouges or deep scratches. As per photo the hallmarks are quite legible. The copper has a lovely patina and has been hand-polished in the English tradition. Truly a fine example of these desirable, decorative jugs.
Handsome Circa 1820 English Copper Haystack Half Gallon Measure