Fatty Tobacco Spit Pottery Mug


This mug is a true piece of history, handcrafted in 1979 by the renowned New Geneva Pottery in New Geneva, Pennsylvania. Made from high-quality ceramic, it features a unique and intriguing design that is sure to capture the attention of visitors to your museum.

The front of the mug features a detailed drawing of a pheasant hunter taking aim with his gun, set against a backdrop of rolling hills and open fields. The intricate details of the drawing, including the hunter’s clothing and the realistic rendering of the bird, showcase the skill and artistry of the potter who created this piece.

But what truly sets this mug apart is the name “Fatty” emblazoned in bold letters on the front. This gives the mug a unique personality and adds a touch of humor and whimsy to the overall design.

The mug’s size and shape are also noteworthy. With a wide base and a slightly flared rim, it is designed to catch and contain spit, making it the perfect accessory for tobacco chewers. This type of mug, known as a spittoon or spit mug, was commonly used in public spaces like saloons and taverns in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Overall, this 1979 spit mug from New Geneva Pottery is a one-of-a-kind piece that showcases the skill and artistry of the potter who created it. With its unique design, quirky personality, and historical significance, it is sure to be a hit with visitors.


Notes from Designer

This mug was produced by my father. He started New Geneva Stoneware in 1978 so this was their second year in business in Masontown. He moved the business to McClellandtown in the early 90s. This move is also when he went to using slip casting molds to keep up with the demand. The piece you have is hand thrown on the potters wheel by the late John Whoolery (JW). My dad did the artwork on it. He said he made dozens of these custom artwork pieces but had to stop as the demand became overwhelming. John eventually signed Whoolery, making the Y into a 7 or 8, being the first digit in the year, 79, 80, etc. Then my dad had a rubber stamp made of Whoolery. John’s work was beautiful and his name is known locally as a talented potter. 

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