IMPORTANT PEWTER JAR W. HANDLE, DATING TO THE 17TH. CENTURY.
A very rare and highly interesting zoomorphic pewter jar, dating to the early-mid 17th. century, German or english?. The jar with a bulbous body and a high handle. To sea-horses are functioning as attachments for the handle.
On the handle a clear hall-mark for the country or city that made this pot. The mark takes a form of a walking man in a 16th.-17th. style dress. Beneath him a W. There's also a weak date which ends with the number 3.
This pot was likely made as a 'maternity pot' or 'childbirth pot', a pot used to hold the placenta after giving birth. These pots were very common up until the early 20th. century in Scandinavia and was nearly always made of pottery. Pots of pewter are also known from the late 18th. century, but we have never encountered such an old and impressive pot!
Size: 22,5 cm. high when the handle is upright, 13 cm. with handle down, 19,5 cm. wide over the handles.
Provenance: Thorkild Krarup Lange Collection, Retired Pharmacist in Copenhagen.