Double-Handled Whiskey Jug

  • Franklin Lafayette ("Fate") Becham, Double-Handled Whiskey Jug, before 1918, alkaline glaze stoneware, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.29

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The initials "FLB" on the handle of this jug mark this as the work of Fate Becham, although the whole family used the same beehive shape and alkaline glaze in their work. He made the "tobacco spit" or "rock" glaze by adding pieces of iron-bearing materials to a lime mixture. In the kiln, the glaze melted and ran down the pot to create the mottled appearance (Lynda Hartigan, Made with Passion, 1990).

Title
Double-Handled Whiskey Jug
Artist
Date
before 1918
On View
Dimensions
17 5/8 x 13 1/8 in. (44.8 x 33.3 cm.) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
alkaline glaze stoneware
Classifications
Object Number
1986.65.29
Palette
Linked Open Data
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