Gerzogthum Nassau Antique Stoneware Art Pottery w/ CorkGreetings! I have up for auction some fine artwork on a crude bottle, an interesting combination! It is an awesome antique, a primitive clay bottle that I have discovered to be a Gerzogthum or Herzogthum Nassau Selters Mineral Water jug, imported from Germany. When researching this on the web, I discovered that it was sold from 1893 to 1895 ( /~lockhart/EPSodas/Chapter5/5b/chap5b.htm ). If you access this page, you will need to go about 2/3rds the way down the page. I have copied the information onto a Microsoft Word document, but it is quite wordy, so you can either check out the link, or email me and I will send you an email with the attachment. This stoneware bottle or jug has on it's front an elaborate hand-painted winter scene, complete with farmhouse, open gate and framed with two trees. It's a wintery sky, but smoke comes from the chimney of the house, indicating the warmth inside. Right above the scene is w the Selters circle is impressed; it says SELTERS in the round, and an upright lion on one leg in the center of the circle. Beneath the round stamp is the name, "GERZOGTHUM NASSAU" or it may say "HERZOGTHUM"; the first letter is unreadable. When I searched on Google, it suggested the Herzogthum spelling and that's when I got hits. Beneath the applied handle is another impression, which has another logo and NUM 28. The NUM and the logo are hard to read but after the research I came to know that's what it says. The Selters circle is also light and difficult to read, but it gave me enough information to research the bottle and discover it's origins! The next unique aspect of this particular bottle is the cork! It's still t!! In the website description it mentions that the neck of the bottle was made with a pronounced lip so that when they applied the wire to hold the corks in, it had something to hold onto. I provided a close-up picture of the cork so you can see the cross marks w the wires were, and the bulbous head of the cork. T is a loose piece of cork inside the bottle, too; you can hear it in t T is an area w the paint has chipped off on the tree to the right; it's about 3/4" by 1/4", visible in the pictures. T's a shiney terra cotta finish under that. T are a few smaller areas w the paint has come off, too, but overall it is in great condition for its age! T are no chips to the bottle itself, it's in great condition. Please email me with any questions or requests for additional pictures; I am more than happy to oblige. I am happy to ship to Canada, but no overseas shipping please! Unless you beg! It is from Germany, after all.