Stoneware, cobalt oxide
Overall: 8 x 5 1/2 in. ( 20.3 x 14 cm )
incised: within heart two times: "WK / 1788 / NY"
Salt-glazed stoneware jug decorated with an incised heart enclosing an incised jug, two smaller incised hearts enclosing initials and date, incised flowers and leaves amd embellished with cobalt blue decoration.
"W K" might be the initials of tavernkeeper William Ketchum, who is listed in the New York City Directory for 1789. The incised jug decorating the object also supports the hypothesis that "W K" may have been a tavernkeeper or had some other association with drinking.
Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.