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There is a lot of interest in copper cream jugs made on Guernsey and Jersey, Channel Islands. They are very traditional and derived from French milk jugs that have been in use for about a thousand years.

These jugs were initially made for local use and then for sale to tourists. Many have the maker’s mark and a capacity, either in pints or ‘pots’.


The Normans might not be known for their wine, but the country’s apple-based alcoholic beverage has a rich history that dates back to the 6th century. Originally introduced to the area by Basque sailors, cider was soon the drink of choice for Normandy’s lords and ladies. It was also a popular way to celebrate special occasions.

Luckily, the region’s climate makes it perfect for growing apples, so that’s where calvados, or cider brandy, comes from. It’s protected as a brandy by the AOC (Appellation d’Origine Protege) label, which is the same designation that wine brands enjoy in France.

While you’re in Normandy, stop at a couple of the small, family-run cider distilleries that have been around since the 19th century. You’ll get a glimpse of how they make their apple brandy and enjoy a taste as well.

There’s nothing quite like a good cider, and the locals have been making them for centuries. They make it in a variety of ways, including pommeau, which is a combination of cider and apple juice, or chausseur, which is a mix of apples and pears.

Another great way to experience the French countryside is to book a stay at a tiny house in a nearby orchard. These cabins are under two hours from Paris but give you a real sense of being in the middle of nature. The owners have partnered with a neighboring organic farm to offer guests Saint-Emilion wines, the best butter in Normandy, and local calva and cider. And, of course, a taste of the region’s famed cheeses, including Camembert, Livarot, Pont l’Eveque and more.


This polished brass jug was hand-crafted circa 1850. The outside of the stocky container was lightly textured by way of a technique called hammering, resulting in the smoothest of finishes. The jug’s fanciest features include a well-crafted molded lid with a hefty looking riveted handle. The aforementioned model was the top of the class in a long line of dazzlers. Sadly, this jug is no longer in production. Nonetheless, it deserves the accolade of best jug for a number of reasons including its quality and the fact that no one has ever seen it in person. This item is a surefire conversation starter for your collection of antique cider bottles.


This polished brass milk jug was hand-crafted circa 1850 in Normandy, France. The outside of the stocky container was lightly textured by a technique called hammering, and has a scalloped collar where the neck attaches to the body. The mouth is rolled and mirrored by a protuberant ridge, which provides a secure seal to keep contents safe from spilling out. A thick handle rises from the decorative midsection and attaches near the lip of the jug. A molded lid with a riveted handle is included to finish the jug off in style.

Throughout Normandy, the use of local materials in building and decorating was very important. Half-timbered houses, for example, were an expression of the area’s unique culture and were constructed from wood and other local materials that were readily available to inhabitants.


Designed in Normandy, France, this polished brass jug is a little bit of everything. It features a rolled lip and a molded lid to keep the contents in place. The top is a ringed handle in the traditional cider pitcher style, but it also has a snazzy crest that catches the eye and is sure to make your guests smile. Its size isn’t too shabby either; it measures 15.5 cm (6.2 inches) in height and 9.5 cm (3.7 inches) in diameter at the pouring rim. The jug is in excellent condition, with only a few minor chips and dings to the glass.