Miniature Stoneware Keg

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

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.

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