Two (2) Hamblen or Washington County, Tennessee pottery jugs, including monkey jug, and one (1) 19th century CSA squirrel cage. 1st item: "Monkey" or harvest stoneware jug, having a central applied pulled handle between two spouts. 12 1/2" H x 9" W. 2nd item: Miniature transitional redware jug with applied pulled handle. Later, early 20th century painted floral decorations and initials "J D W" to body, neck, and handle. 3 1/4" H x 3 1/8" W. Last quarter 19th century. 3rd item: East Tennessee, Russellville, wood and tin squirrel cage, given to Frank Walter Taylor II in the spring of 1864. Comprised of a wood house with tin door to one end and cage or rotor to the other which the squirrel used for exercise, nailed and pegged construction. 11 1/2" H x 26" W x 8" D. Provenance: Estate of Anne Harrison Taylor & Joseph F. Taylor, Morristown, TN. History: During the 18th and 19th centuries, birds, squirrels, and other small animals were domesticated and often kept in enclosures with rotating exercise wheels. Many cages were shaped like houses or barns such as this example and were often painted. According to family history, this example was constructed during the winter of 1863-1864 during General Longstreet's army encampment near Russellville, TN. The soldiers cut local trees to split into firewood for the construction of tents and huts. During this time a soldier caught a squirrel which he presented to Colonel Douglass, a member of General Kershaw's staff. When Longstreet and his men, including Colonel Douglass, broke winter camp at Cheeks Cross Roads in the spring of 1864, Douglass gave the cage to Frank Walter Taylor II (1854 – 1919). The case is included on a inventory list created by Joseph Feamster Taylor (1892-1965) of Whitesburg, TN, son of Franklin Walter Taylor II (1854-1919), grandson of Franklin William Taylor (1810-1897), great grandson of Lieutenant William Graham (1786-1857, served circa 1807-1815 in the Sixth Regiment in the Tennessee State Militia) as item #103 1/2. CONDITION: All items in overall good condition. 1st item: Firing flaws, fleabites, largest 1/4", to smallest spout. 3rd item: General wear and losses. Oxidation to metal.
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