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Post by big ed on October 23rd 2014, 12:55 pm



from an old puzzle jug , I cannot make out the second word , any ideas Please ?

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Post by big ed on October 23rd 2014, 12:59 pm

Reads - Drinke ??????? And Make ye Merrie

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Post by Guest on October 23rd 2014, 1:19 pm

Looks like 'drink acome and make ye merry' to me

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Post by Guest on October 23rd 2014, 1:22 pm

Also meant to add nice jug, have you been digging these up as you do seem to be finding a lot of these old pieces lately Laughter

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Post by big ed on October 23rd 2014, 1:31 pm

Yes I have loads in the back garden Laughter , seriously I bought this one on ebay , the other at an antique fair , they just intrigue me , they are so naive and rustic and usually damaged but I love them , thanks for acome suggestion , it's difficult looking at old handwriting .

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Post by big ed on October 23rd 2014, 1:32 pm

Just a thought if that's an "M" why has he put a long tail on it and not the other M's ?

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Post by big ed on October 23rd 2014, 1:34 pm



Signed John Bdir ( Bird?) 1742

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Post by Guest on October 23rd 2014, 1:40 pm

Just my opinion, but for artistic intent to match the long tail in the ye.

I like the look of them too, don't you wish they could talk-the things they could tell us.

I do think its an old poetic way to say come and have a drink and get merry : )

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Post by Guest on October 23rd 2014, 1:48 pm

John Bair Shrugs

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Post by big ed on October 23rd 2014, 2:13 pm

Yes i thought maybe Bair As well , he seems to dot his "I's"

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Post by big ed on October 23rd 2014, 2:30 pm

Or Bain

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Post by sunnyices2 on October 23rd 2014, 2:45 pm

or john bair or baw... but john bair stands out.

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Post by big ed on October 23rd 2014, 3:01 pm

thanks Sunny

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Post by sunnyices2 on October 23rd 2014, 4:09 pm

ed i know this jug's are called harvest jugs, but what would you call this jug? is it harvest puzzle jug? in as much is very old.

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Post by big ed on October 23rd 2014, 4:17 pm

Sunny it' a called puzzle jug , harvest jugs are a little different , but lots were from the same period , it's the writing I am trying to work out as it was so different to the language we understand today .

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Post by denbydump on October 23rd 2014, 4:21 pm

Barr seems more likely if you compare the rr in Merrie
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Post by sunnyices2 on October 23rd 2014, 4:33 pm

cheer's ed :)

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Post by r-and-f on October 23rd 2014, 5:15 pm

I would go for "Drink deepe and make ye merrie". The country artisans who made these old puzzle jugs and harvest jugs were mostly illiterate. He might well have been copying someone else's writing on a piece of paper without knowing if what he was scratching on the jug was correct and legible or not. This would account for the general wobbliness of the writing and the strange shapes of some of the other letters.
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Post by climberg64 on October 23rd 2014, 6:50 pm

Maybe 'drink deep and make ye merrie'?
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Post by dantheman on October 23rd 2014, 7:12 pm

and the prize goes to climberg

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Post by climberg64 on October 23rd 2014, 7:26 pm

R and f was before me to be fair Happy
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Post by big ed on October 23rd 2014, 7:45 pm

Ok , someone else also says Drinke Deepe , so ta to R&f & climberg , I couldn't see it at all , but Iv'e found it used in shakespeare plays , thanke ye all kindely Laughter

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Post by r-and-f on October 23rd 2014, 8:03 pm

Cheers!
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