Hidden in Plain Sight:
The Material World of Early Springfield


Stoneware jug

c. 1835-1850
Recovered from the Edwards Place privy
Collection of the Illinois State Musem

Stoneware jugs such as this were ubiquitous in the kitchens of antebellum Springfield, where they served as storage containers for liquids of all descriptions. With no running water, these vessels were also necessary to transport water within the home.

Stoneware clays produce much more durable vessels than redware clays, but they are harder to find, and require a higher firing temperature.
Stoneware products were

more often imported from other regions of the country. These particular jugs were likely made in west Central Illinois and sold at a Springfield dry goods store