AMBER SWANKEY Pennsylvania Stoneware Beer Mug
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Great 19th century American stoneware beer mug. Cobalt stenciled, “AMBER SWANKEY.” Swankey was a sometimes used term for beer in Pennsylvania in the 19th century. Applied handle. A rare example.
Size: 5″ tall. 4″ base diameter.
Condition: Heavy use wear with a few flakes and a few hairlines in the base. Base appears blackened, and it is likely that the mug was heated over a fire or coals over a period of time (perhaps Amber Swankey was best heated?). Rare in any shape.
Please use photos and description to determine condition.
A few thoughts on stoneware: Stoneware was originally designed as utilitarian objects. Typically, these pieces were put into service for many years. As such, stoneware will generally show signs of heavy wear and usage. Some chips and cracks are usually in evidence, and serve as reminders that stoneware was first and foremost meant to be functional. These factors should be taken into account when evaluating a piece.
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Categories: Ceramics, Country, Kitchen, Liquor, Primitives, Stoneware