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Stoneware Jug/Storage Vessel

Stoneware Jug, Storage Vessel One almost complete stoneware jug or storage vessel was recovered during the 2006 excavation of an early 1840s into the 1860s privy in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.  It has a gray saltglazed exterior, with an Albany slipped (dark brown) interior. The vessel has a flat lip and is wider at the rim than the base. It stands just under 6 inches tall and is about 9 inches across at the top, with a base about 6 inches wide. The interior has small, raised lines in a circular pattern that also run up the sides. These lines probably result from construction on a pottery wheel, or possibly from machine turning. Although the vessel has no maker’s mark or diagnostic design, Albany slipped interiors can date from the mid- to latter part of the nineteenth century.