This stoneware jug is just 5 1/4 inches tall, an uncommon size. Its shape is a pronounced beehive, tapering from a narrow neck to the 4 3/4 inch diameter round bottom. The applied handle is nicely shaped and bears the finger marks of the maker. The dark brown Albany slip glaze, so named for a clay first mined from the Hudson Valley of New York, is glossy and has the orange peel surface of the final salt glazing. The jug weighs 1 3/4 pounds and holds a mere 24 ounces (3/4 of a quart).
Diminutive jugs like this one held liquids such as syrups, molasses and vinegar, often decanted from the much larger, much heavier and more unwieldy jugs that the products were shipped in originally. Albany slip was less commonly used after about 1910, while the use of salt glazing tapered off after the 1860's or so; earlier jug shapes were ovoid, while the shape of later ones dropped down straight from a high "shelf" shoulder. This jug was made in the late 1800's into the very early 1900's. It's in very good condition with no chips or cracks; there is one stone ping near the bottom.and a glaze miss, also at the bottom. Otherwise, it's been gently used and displays handsomely.