The shape of this beehive jug starts out as ovoid below the thick collar of the mouth, then follows a straight line down to the base. This puts the date some decades later than the true ovoid jug; potters began using the beehive shape because it was easier to pack side by side for transporting and quicker to make.
The Hygeia Ice Company produced manufactured ice, also called plant ice, freezing water with mechanical equipment, rather than harvesting natural ice. It was the nation's largest cold storage locker and the first artificial ice plant in the area.
This stoneware piece is decorated with blue sponging, made by applying cobalt oxide with a sponge or rag. It was produced by the Pacific Stoneware Company, which originated in 1873 as Pacific Pottery Company in Portland, Oregon.