Antique Beehive Redware 10 Inch Jug West Virginia Circa 1850
This is a fine example of early redware pottery, found in West Virginia and made in that area circa 1850. 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 red clay body is covered by a reddish brown slip which did not cover a small area at the base and as usual was not used on the bottom. The thick strap handle, pulled rather than applied, was fixed to the body of the jug with three fingers that left their curved marks.