1890's Antique Victorian Ladies Spitoon, Cuspidor Ironstone Mask Jug
#AD198 Vintage Lady Spitoon Decorated Antique Mask Jug:
This is a wonderful and unusual, rare 19th c. ladie's spittoon jug with a mask jug side spout and figural face. A great piece of old tobacciana. It measures 3.75 inches in height, and the condition is beautiful. There is some slight wearing of the painted gold gilt on top and handle edge from hand use. It is a piece of heavy ironstone of very high quality.
Spittoons, also spelled as spitoon were vessels to spit into, when the use of early chewing tobacco was in its heyday. It is also known as a cuspidore or cuspidor and/or in medical terms, this would be a sputum jug.
This tobacco related piece was made for women in the Victorian and early Edwardian era. It has an amazingly wonderful gold gilded face with much character, as seen in photos.
This old jug or pitcher was found in the Newton Abbot, Devon, England area with another rare decorated ladie's spitoon mug with covered lid, and an old invalid or baby feeder. They were owned by the same English family. The other 2 pieces mentioned can be found here and also here with more extensive info. It has no chips, cracks or restoration.
In the era of women's rights and voting rights, and the suffragette movement in Britain, this was specifically made for the women's market. Click images to see condition in close up views and click again to open full images on screen for scrolling to right. Unusual women's era pieces such as this are prized and vintage collectibles.
Size: 3.75 inches high, 4 inch diameter jug, 5.75 inches in width including handle
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Book: Anthology of British Cups, Michael Berthoud 1982 (Coffee Cans too)