Puzzle jug

Object Number: 
1952.262
Date: 
1811
Medium: 
Earthenware
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 1/4 x 6 1/4 x 5 in. ( 18.4 x 15.9 x 12.7 cm )
Marks: 
written: in slip around body: "Gentlemen now try your skill/ill hold you sixpence if you will/that you don't drink unless you spill/Honi Soit Qui Maly Pence 1811"
Description: 
Wheelthrown redware baluster shaped jug, neck pierced with triangular cut outs; tubular rim has three protruding tubular spouts and handle that connects to a pierced hole in jug near base; slip-decorated with tiny dots on handle and upper, inscribed lower half.
Gallery Label: 
The pierced openwork of the neck necessitates drinking from one of its spouts. Puzzle jugs were commonly made in Europe, especially England, from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group