Lead-glazed earthenware Jug, probably Leeds, Yorkshire, c.1815-20


This large, squat and bulbous jug is inscribed beneath the spout with the name G * Hemmingway. Both sides of the jug are printed with a rectangular cartouche containing Masonic mottoes and emblems relating to the 'Independent Odd Fellows', including Noah's Ark, a coffin, an hourglass, a shining sun, a terrestrial globe, and a crescent moon surrounded by seven stars. The handle, spout, inside and outside borders are all printed in blue with a detailed floral pattern.

The Leeds attribution is based primarily on the floral border which occurs on marked Leeds Pottery wares decorated with the Italian Scenery (Winding Road) pattern. Hemingway is also a Yorkshire family name.


The Odd Fellows society dates back to the early 18th century, although the breakaway Independent Order of Oddfellows was established in Manchester in 1810. King William IV was a lifelong member. The first American Oddfellows Branch was established in Baltimore in 1819.

Condition: The jug has some chipping to the spout, a small chip to the edge of the base, a short hairline from the rim and fine cracks to the base. There are typical manufacturing flaws, including a glazed potting blemish visible to the interior. It also has general wear consistent with use, such as scratches to the glaze. No other damage and no restoration.

Dimensions: Just under 18 cm high (to the top of the spout)

Ref. For more information on the history of the Oddfellows, visit their website (opens in a new window).

A Collector's History of English Pottery, Griselda Lewis (Antique Collectors' Club, 1987).

English Pottery and Porcelain, Geoffrey Wills (Guinness, 1969).



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