After extensive research, our Appraiser feels that these antique civil war stoneware Jugs 1865 were manufactured by William Young & Co. (1853-1879) of Trenton, New Jersey due to their closer proximity to Bridgeton, New Jersey, via the Delaware River. It seems he got his start making utilitarian stoneware and most of the other companies in the area made other types of wares. What the original jug contained is not known, but could have contained any liquid, from whiskey to vinegar. Antique stoneware vessels were shaped by hand on the potters wheel, or in a wooden mould. After the freshly shaped vessel had air dried, sometimes Albany slip clay, which was dark brown in colour, was used to coat the interior. The pieces were then placed in a bee-hive shaped kiln and fired at about 2100 degrees Fahrenheit. When the heat was at its maximum, a bucket of course salt was thrown into the kiln. The sal vaporized, covering all exposed surfaces with a shiny and somewhat pitted, or pebbled finish referred to as “salt glaze”.
1, 2, and 3 Gallon Civil War Stoneware Jugs 1865 with impressed size # on top edge of jug. Contact us at [email protected] for availability of sizes.