A large agate-ware harvest ring flask with a long neck and a wide spreading foot. The base has been turned with a slight recess and is closed but hollow. There are three trivet (spur/stilt) point marks in a triangle formation in base.
Made from solid coloured clays, yellow, tan and darker brown. Hand-thrown rather than moulded.
These agateware flasks are traditionally always attributed to the Seaton Pottery, Aberdeen, Scotland. The attribution apparently being based entirely on the similar clay colours, as there are no marked examples, or any kiln waste evidence, as far as I'm aware. There is an agateware ring flask on display in the national Scottish Museum in Edinburgh, and another example is illustrated in "Scottish Ceramics", Henry E. Kelly, 1999, p.181.
If you accept the traditional attribution then this flask was made in Aberdeen c. 1880. It is just as likely to have been made elsewhere in the UK at any time during the C19th, as agateware was made in many potting centres around Britain.
These ring flasks could be carried by inserting an arm through the hole and were apparently taken into the fields during harvest.
287mm high to top of neck.
The top of the neck (the lip) has been broken off and ground flat sometime in the distant past so that it could continue to be used.
There is a crack that spirals halfway around the foot column. See photos. No restoration.