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This salt-glazed stoneware example was possibly made by Anthony Hilcote at Westbank Pottery at Portobello in Midlothian. It dates from the late 18th century.

Stoneware, a highly-fired durable ceramic, was well-suited to holding valuable liquor.

A bellarmine is a type of jug or tankard for ale or spirits bearing a bearded mask. It is named after Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621), an Italian Jesuit theologian and cardinal whom the jugs were intended to caricature. Bellarmine, an important influence in the Counter-Reformation, was canonised.

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