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One of the interesting things about finding pottery on the beach, especially

if it has a pattern or letters on it, is doing a bit of research to find out what it

was and where it came from. I've found two pieces (on different days) with

NASSAU stamped on them and this is what I've found out.

These pieces are parts of clay bottles once filled with mineral water, from

the Duchy of Nassau. This Duchy was part of the Confederation of the Rhine,

later to become the German Confederation and existed for about

60 years (1806-1866).

The mineral water originates for a well in Niederselters/Taunus Mountains -

*The following information is translated from Wikipedia*

* The Well was discovered in 1536 and soon the water was said to have

curative effects. In the 18th century, the water was verifiably exported to

England, Scandinavia, Russia, North America and Africa. Between 1806-1866,

the export of seltzer bacame the Duke of Nassau's most important source

of income. *

The bottles carrying the mineral water were made of saltglazed stoneware.

Straight-sided, and circular with quite a short neck. Each jug had a single

applied handle which loops from just below the base of the neck to the base

of the shoulder photo to follow).

Nassau Selter bottles carried an impressed seal with SELTERS/NASSAU

around a German eagle that contains the initials, F.R., on a shiled on his

chest. These bottles were a cottage industry in the Westerwald Mountains

area, known as the 'jug baking land/district'.  Under the handle of each bottle

is stamped the first initial of the jugmaker's location and the person's individual


Because of the competition from glass container, the jug trade declined by the

end of the 19th century and was reduced to 49 jugmakers by 1926.


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  1. Jillian

    Really interesting finds. That's so great that you were able to discover so much about the pieces you found. Stopping by with Good Luck wishes for CRAFTfest! Jillian <a hrefhttp://www.jillybeanpottery.com>JillyBeanPottery</a>

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