Pictured is a Norton Pottery jug. Captain John Norton created Norton Pottery in 1785 in Bennington, VT. Common pieces include: pots, chamber pots, milk pans, jugs, pudding pots, and mugs. By 1804, there was an extension of Norton Pottery developed in Troy, New York.

The jug’s handles were hand crafted and the jugs also have distinct lines under the rim. The jug was created through clay that when heated, turned to stone.

Norton pottery began to decline in 1911, had nearly died out by 1948, and went out of business by 1858. Eventually, David Gill took over Norton Pottery and re-opened a store in a small barn on Country Street in Bennington, Vermont. The store is still located there today.