Very Rare Stoneware Andrew Jackson Poem Jug, probably Southern origin

Fall 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 89

Price Realized: $1,920.00

($1,600 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Stoneware Andrew Jackson Poem Jug, probably Southern origin, 19th century, squat, cylindrical jug with Albany slip glazed and incised inscription, "Great god Almighty what a wonder / Andrew Jackson hell and thunder." Variants of poem were repeated in political speeches of the 19th century and apparently are based on a poem written by a visitor of the Mammoth Cave, near Brownsville, KY. That poem reads, "God Almighty! / What a spot! / In Summer, cold; In Winter, hot. / Mammoth Cave. What a wonder! / Andrew Jackson, Hell and Thunder!" As the impure, iron-rich clay of the jug appears Southern, a Kentucky origin, based on the location of the Mammoth Cave, or Tennessee origin, as it was Jackson's home state, are possible. Numerous incised liquor jugs of related style were made in Kentucky. Restoration to spout. Otherwise excellent condition. H 8 1/4".



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