WEST VIRGINIA MERCHANT'S STENCILED STONEWARE DOUBLE-HANDLE JUG, salt-glazed, stenciled "4" gallon capacity, semi-ovoid form with a double step below the ringed mouth, and two strap handles with medial ridges. Stenciled cobalt "JOHN REID JR. / GROCER / & WHOLESALER / LIQUOR DEALER. / 1518 MAIN ST. / WHEELING, / W. VA.", brushed cobalt vine at shoulder, and stripes, leaves, and dashes above and below the stenciling, additional cobalt to handle terminals. Circa 1975. 18" H. Provenance: The collection of Ronnie and Neal Kite of Esmont, VA.
Excellent appearance with professional restoration to handles.