Puzzle jugs are a lot of fun! The descendant of the earlier fuddling cup, puzzle jugs were prevalent during the 18th and 19th century, and they still cause great amusement when presented to those who don't know the trick of drinking from one.
Found in homes and taverns, they often had a poem or riddle inscribed on their side, challenging the drinker to drink without spilling a drop, something that is almost impossible if you don't know the secret but surprisingly easy if you do.
This majolica puzzle jug sports a challenge on the side, and we have handcrafted it in the traditional style, with hand-cut sections on the collar of the jug, making it seemingly impossible to drink from it.
Inscription reads :
Come drinkers all and try your skill
I'll hold a wager if you will
that you can't drink this liquor all
but make a spill and let some fall
Approx 235 mm tall, 160 mm diameter, spout to handle 220 mm
Health and Safety
As with all of our Museum quality replicas, we have fired it to achieve an authentic finish. Like the original, we have made it with a series of internal tubes that allow the liquid to be drunk, similar to using a straw. Although very clever, it does mean that these tubes can be challenging to clean. As a result, we suggest that you only use water in this jug as other beverages may be more difficult to clean out of the internal tubes. The jug must be completely dried out after use to avoid mould growth inside the internal tubes. DO NOT USE this jug if you are not 100% sure it has been cleaned and dried correctly.
When handmaking this replica in our Northumberland studio, we took inspiration from original artefacts.
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