A very attractive and relatively rare antique salt glazed stoneware tankard with incised and cobalt blue decoration (sgraffito) with pewter ball knopped lid. The lid is engraved with the initials J.C.S. and dated 1804 the underside of the lid is stamped with Touchmarks including the "Three Towers" mark.
This tankard was made by in Westerwald, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany in the very early 19th century. This tankard or Walzenkrug mit Ritzdekor, Ranken und Blüten, as a German speaker may describe it .
The scratched and incised geometric and floral pattern has been enhanced with the cobalt blue painted decoration. The simple strap handle has has a heart shaped lower terminal.
There is a chip on the foot rim with one long crack that generally follows the sgraffito decoration up the left side of the tankard and partially the right hand side towards the handle. The cracks have been stabilised with glue.
The tankard stands approximately 8 inches high and width across the handle is 5 inches high and the diameter of the tankard is 4 inches diameter. It weighs 706g unpacked.
This is a great item for any collector of Georgian blue and white ware, tankards, Walzenkrug particularly antique Westerwald saltglaze stoneware or the initials J.C.S.