A fine and very desirable early 18th century medium to large Westerwald steinzeug, grey salt glazed stoneware jug with an elaborate medallion, bold commemorative GR cypher for Georgius Rex II. Decorative incised scrolling foliage in cobalt blue around the medallion, bulbous ovoid body, applied handle and a reeded manganese neck. Condition: very fine, small chip at the footed base (not affecting the jug) intact, no repairs. These stunning jugs and mugs were brought to the 13 American colonies and often found on early tavern excavations. This is a fragment of a stoneware jug produced in the Westerwald region of Germany. German stonewares played an important part of the English and colonial ceramic market of the eighteenth century. These vessels were available in a variety of forms but most commonly as jugs, mugs and chamber pots, and were most often decorated with a combination of incised and molded decorations enhanced with the use of cobalt and manganese underglaze painting. Generally, the prevalence of these kinds of stonewares diminished throughout the eighteenth century. This jug form was commonly used in the serving of alcohol at the table, though obviously it may have been used to serve a variety of liquids. The medallion is further embellished with a molded crown, floral elements, and a cherub. Just above the wings of this last, the placement of the molded initials SW indicate this vessel is a type that was of two-quart capacity. The neck of the jug can be seen to be painted in manganese purple, a feature that generally declined in popularity after about 1740. Measurements taken from multiple sherds accordingly. Westerwald/Rhenish 2-quart “GR” stoneware jug. F&I and Rev War flintlocks. Bird 1759 historical antiques. The item “18th century Westerwald stoneware GR jug circa 1740″ is in sale since Sunday, September 12, 2021. This item is in the category “Antiques\Primitives”. The seller is “bird1759″ and is located in Coventry, Connecticut. This item can be shipped to United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands.