c. 1776 Rheinish Stoneware Tobacco Jar with its Pewter Lid
c. 1776 Colonial to Revolutionary War Era, highly Decorative Stoneware Tobacco Jar with Its Original Pewter Lid, Choice Extremely Fine.
Rhenish is arguably one of the most durable salt-glazed stonewares produced in the Colonial period (1607-1776). Of the period when German immigrants or a mercenary Hessian soldier may have owned it during the American Revolutionary War. This rarely seen highly decorative Tobacco Jar measuring Jar is 6.5" tall x 3.5" diameter. (7.25" tall with its lid in place). A great bottle form with a flared lip with applied designs which encircle the entire body to nice decorative effect. Complete with its original pewter lid. Heavy base wear indicates many years of actual use. Weighs nearly 1.5 lbs. Its Pewter lid has expected use wear, while the underside of the lid long ago lost its cork, and was refitted with stronger wood. Though it is not a tight fit, it does hold the Pewter lid in place quite well. This rare Tobacco Jar is excellent, and offered as being of "museum quality" condition.
Rhenish is arguably one of the most durable salt-glazed stonewares produced in the Colonial period (1607-1776).
As the name suggests, the ware was manufactured in the Rhineland region of Germany and imported into England and the American Colonies (Noel Hume 1969). Rhenish's impermeable body made it a great candidate for tankards, jugs, mugs, chamber pots, and other utilitarian wares. Naturally, the durability of the ceramic made it a popular item among households and taverns alike.
Rhenish comes in two different styles: Rhenish Brown and Blue on Gray. While the term "Rhenish" encompasses both style types, each style has its own naming convention. Rhenish Brown, for example, is sometimes referred to as Bellarmine or Raeren and Blue on Gray is sometimes referred to as Westerwald.