A Rare Christytown Pottery Works Ohio Harvest Jug
American (Mahoning County, Ohio), 19th century. A unique and hand-thrown stoneware harvest jug covered in an Albany slip glaze, having twin "breasts" or "teats" for drinking spouts opposite a larger spout for filling, with stamped and scraffito decorations, and dated Nov 27th 1883. In addition to the aforementioned date, the body of the jug is inscribed with the following in flowing script and block letters: Second Amendment Jug, Old Rye Whiskey, Christy Town Pottery Works, and, in a flowing ribbon on the shoulder, Wm Rose, the presumed owner. The base of the jug features the inscribed lower trunk of a human figure, with its legs spread wide. The jug is further decorated with a series of stamped heart-shaped devices, both above the base and at the shoulder. The "teats" are surrounded by punctate-filled triangles. Though now missing, the handle base features a series of faux "screws", as does the base of the fill spout; ht. 7, dia. 6 in., estimated capacity of circa one quart.
Little is known of the Christytown Pottery Works, though apparently one of the buildings still exists near the junction of Leffingwell and Beddell Roads in Mahoning County, Ohio. According to the consignor, firebrick was produced there in the early 20th century.
William Rose is listed in the 1880 census as 26 years old and residing in nearby Ellsworth, a few miles east of Christytown, living with his mother, Mary, and his 23-year-old wife Ida. No occupation was recorded by the census taker.
The ring-shaped handle is missing and the underside of the jug exhibits several chips, none of which are visible when viewed from the side.