Help ID Original Use for old earthenware Jar (Robinson-Ransbottom)


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Help ID Original Use for old earthenware Jar (Robinson-Ransbottom)

JTPhilly | Apr 2, 2014 09:59 PM

Help satisfy my curiosity - This earthenware jug was my Great-Grandfathers. It was taken from the "wine room" in the cellar of his house before it was sold late last year. It was unused since he passed, well before my own time, but carefully had the lid taped on and surprisingly clean for a half century in the cellar. The basement operations were long abandoned by my childhood (my grandparents, "greatest generation", did not engage in the "old ways" . But wine was definitely not the only thing made down there back in the depression era - there is a same brand pickle jar or fermentation crock that was taken as well as racks of mason jars that were left behind etc. Looking on line I can find that this jar was made by Robinson-Ransbottom and seems a fairly common maker - the #3 in the crown I assume means 3 gallons (seems about right) but I cannot find reference to its intended original use - the "pickle jar" or fermentation crock is straight sided and lidless, It is not a wine jug because the lid is earthenware and loose. What was this used for - was it a generic shape crock for multi purpose or did it have a likely use in a early 20th centry Italian-American household.

also open to uses beyond decorative/sentimental as it looks really cool in my "dining room" but in my tiny house storage is precious.

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