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iconnumber posted 03-12-2019 12:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

This milk jug or pitcher is from the firm of Gale, Wood and Hughes active 1833 to 1845 and is typical of many ceramic milk jugs from the same time. The exaggerated spout is very typical of hard paste porcelain spouts used by the Tucker and Hemphill firm of Philadelphia and other firms during the same time period. The rest of the pitcher is similar with the exception of the handle that is more typical of those found on silver pitchers. One could of course use this jug for any liquid, but the ceramic ones are normally called milk pitcher or jugs.

It is always interesting to see different crafts borrowing ideas from each other.

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iconnumber posted 03-17-2019 11:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I was just looking through some old books today and these pitchers were all displayed in the book “Crescent City Silver an exhibition of nineteenth century New Orleans silver”. They all used the same type spout as used by the Gale, Wood and Hughes milk pitcher. These however are all from the 1850s rather than the 1830s and are not labeled milk pitchers.

This book was reprinted in 2007 and I believe is still available.

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iconnumber posted 03-18-2019 01:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I seriously doubt that any of these were used for milk. Milk was not a common (or even healthful) drink in the 19th c, whereas beer was. That in mind, the spout form makes a good deal more sense.

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iconnumber posted 03-19-2019 09:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wev, didn't people put milk in their coffee and tea? (I'm not suggesting that pitcher was for a coffee/tea service--it's too big.)

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iconnumber posted 03-20-2019 12:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An article on The History of the Milk Jug shows that milk was used early on for tea. I really do not know when these larger pitchers started being called "Milk Jugs" but in English auctions and the like that seems to be what they call them. The English seem to prefer the term jug rather than pitcher for ceramic ones.

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