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Puzzle jug

Puzzle jug

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1700-1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Buff earthenware covered with an apple-green coloured lead glaze

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 138, The Harry and Carol Djanogly Gallery, case 1, shelf 2

Physical description

Green glazed earthenware. The handle and rim of the jug are hollow and connected with the projecting spout, from which the liquid contents were drunk. Upon the rim are three figures of ducks or geese, and above the spout is the head of a man wearing a three-cornered hat. The neck is perforated with small holes. On the body are the incised initials, W.T.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1700-1750 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Buff earthenware covered with an apple-green coloured lead glaze

Marks and inscriptions

probably for William Talor


Height: 19.1 cm taken from Register, Diameter: 12.7 cm taken from Register

Object history note

When acquired, this jug and brazier was described as a jug and stand and was thought to be late 17th century.
The brazier and jug were bought for £5 from Mr. Pearson, 38 East Street, Lamb's Conduit St.

Historical context note

At the time of acquisition, the initials on the body, W.T., were considered to be 'probably those of William Talor'.

Descriptive line

Jug of buff earthenware, entirely covered with a thick apple-green glaze. English (Staffordshire), about 1700 to 1750.

Labels and date

Made in England, about 1700-1750
Lead-glazed earthenware

498-1873 [23/05/2008]

Production Note

Attributed to Staffordshire


Earthenware (buff); Lead glaze




Ceramics; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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