DESCRIPTION: This is early stoneware cobalt deep blue decorated tavern spirits jug or ewer, circa 1700s. Bellarmine and Westerwald Pottery was imported from Germany and used in the Chesapeake Bay area by the colonists from as early as 1600's onward. The Pilgrims even brought some of this early pottery with them in 1620 and it has been documented and described in the historic records at Jamestown Settlement in Virginia. The stoneware tavern jug has blue cobalt over glaze that is derived from cobalt oxide. Wooden kegs were quite common during the early years of our country, but the production of stoneware pottery was not produced until the later years. The stoneware tavern jug would have been used to serve spirits of rum or Whiskey. The cobalt design is deep cobalt blue and surrounds the entire jug. There is a very minor imperfection as shown in the photo. Notice the beautiful early rings on the bottom of the Large Tavern Jug from being hand thrown. The Antique Tavern Stoneware Deep Cobalt Blue Tavern Jug is in Excellent Condition with an age appropriate patina. MEASUREMENTS: 12 inches high, 3 inches wide at mouth, and 6 inches wide at baseSHIPPING: Packaging, handling, and shipping for all locations in the 48 Continental United States is $30. For Alaska, Hawaii, International, and all other locations outside the 48 Continental United States packaging and handling is $10 plus shipping which can be determined by using USPS.com with origin of 19968, package dimensions of 18X14X11 and 7 pounds and your destination location.