Five-Gallon Home Brew Jar

  • Unidentified (American), Five-Gallon Home Brew Jar, ca. 1880, glazed stoneware, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.40

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Until the mid-twentieth century, people used large stoneware pots to store homemade butter, syrups, fruit, and meat. They also fermented and stored alcohol in heavy bell jars that kept the brew airtight and cool. Craftsmen used local clays and handmade glazes to create these pots and rarely applied any decoration. The glazes were made from sand, clay, lime, or wood ash, and often ran down the clay during firing to create a “tobacco spit” effect.

Title
Five-Gallon Home Brew Jar
Artist
Date
ca. 1880
On View
Dimensions
16 3/4 x 14 x 12 in. (42.5 x 35.7 x 30.5 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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

Mediums
Mediums Description
glazed stoneware
Classifications
Object Number
1986.65.40
Palette
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