Puzzle jugs are a lot of fun! The descendant of the earlier fuddling cup, they were particularly popular during the 18thand 19thcentury, although there are early examples from the Medieval period, and they still cause great amusement when presented to those not in the know.
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.
Green glazed and decorated with dragon head spouts, this jug sports a customary challenge on the side. It has been hand crafted in the traditional style, with hand cut sections on the collar of the jug making it seemingly impossible to drink from.
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
Earthen ware, green glazed.
Approx 235 mm tall, 160 mm diameter, spout to handle 220 mm
Health and Safety
As with all of our Museum quality replicas, this piece has been fired to achieve an authentic finish. Like the original it has been made 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 difficult to clear. 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 the growth of mould inside the internal tubes. DO NOT USE this jug if you are not 100% sure it has been cleaned and dried correctly.
This replica has been hand made in Northumberland by Potted History, it is inspired by original artefacts. As with the original this replica has been wheel formed, it has then been finished using a Green glaze to emulate the original glaze used. Postage All items are sent using a second class postal service, if you wish to have an item sent first class please contact my for a quote. Many Thanks