Miniature Stoneware Keg

Charles Dillon and Nathan Porter, Albany, NY
Date: 1839-1841
Maker: Charles Dillon and Nathan Porter, Albany, NY
Dimensions: 4 3/4 H x 4 3/8 Dia. (at waist)
Materials: Salt-glazed stoneware with cobalt glaze
Impressed at upper waist: DILLON & PORTER (twice) / Albany
Provenance: Purchased from George Abraham and Gilbert May, West Granville, MA
Credit: Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase
Accession Number: 1957.17

The original purpose of this odd little keg is difficult to determine. It may have held liquids, although an unevenly shaped hole in the top would have been difficult to plug. The keg may have been made for purely decorative use or to serve as a marketing display piece.