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Maker(s):attributed to Crafts, Thomas
Title:dram bottle
Date Made:early 19th century
Type:Food Service
Materials:ceramic: unglazed stoneware
Place Made:United States; Massachusetts; Whately
Measurements:Overall: 5 3/4 in x 4 5/8 in x 7/8 in; 14.6 cm x 11.7 cm x 2.2 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2013.7.6
Credit Line:William T. Brandon Memorial Collection of American Redware and Ceramics
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

This small bottle takes the form of a ring flask, circular vessels of doughnut shape, sometimes mounted on stubby feet. These were hooked onto the saddle pommel when traveling and were used to contain water or hard liquor depending on the rigors of the journey. Unglazed stoneware ring bottle, circular, hollow ring of clay with spout on one end and base on the oppposite end; the base has received numerous chips, the surface of the flask has been roughly scored, there are obvious striations on the top surface like rope or gadrooning; bearing old red paper tag with the black ink inscription, " "Dram Bottle"/ Made by Thomas Crafts/ at Whately (Mass.) Pottery/ about 1840, prob. later/ They spoke of it as a/ "Dram jug" also/ given to Burton N. Gates/ 1922?/ By Moses Cushman, of Amherst a/ Member of the Crafts/ Family of pottery business/in Whately." Originally part of the Burton N. Gates Collection.

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