Earthenware; cobalt pigment with tin glaze (delftware)
Overall: 6 1/2 in x 3 1/4 in; 16.5 cm x 8.3 cm
Joseph J. Hammer Collection, Gift of Roy A. Hammer
Dutch and English delftware vessels like this one were produced by the tens of thousands throughout the 18th century. These jars were decorated with some variation of a contents label flanked by peacocks with a basket of fruit or flowers above and a cherub below. This example held mercury pills that were used to treat various maladies, most notably, syphilis.