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One of the major Midwestern makers of stone ware, back in the day, was Macomb Pottery Company, of Macomb, Illinois. This example is a fruit jar, or fruit jug, with straight sides, in what is perhaps a half-gallon size. The zinc glaze is off-white.

The words "Macomb Pottery Company, Macomb, Illinois" appear on the underside, arranged in a circle. This piece of stone ware is completely glazed -- sides, underside, and inside.

It measures seven inches tall and not quite six inches across. The large mouth that is typical of fruit jars has an opening about two inches across.

The hand-shaped handle is quite attractive, stretching out even beyond the edge of the jug.

The lip of the opening, which is often chipped, is in fine condition. There are two chips here, however: on the outward curve of the handle, and in a spot just to the left of the handle's lower edge, near the seam. We have also noticed a tiny flaw or chip to the right of the handle, which may not be noticeable in a photograph. The overall glaze has some age-crazing. There is also some abrasion here and there, particularly on the handle. No hairline cracks, though.

This is an attractive example of Illinois pottery, of a sort not often to be seen in your travels.

Convo with any questions. Cheers!

Antique Stoneware Jug made by Macomb Pottery


  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Materials: stone ware, stoneware, pottery, glaze, macomb jug, stoneware jug, stoneware fruit jar
  • Only ships within United States.
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  • Favorited by: 7 people