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This antique, turn of the century, hand-crafted jug is from the heart of cider country in Normandy. Perfectly patinated, it would look lovely either as found, or polished and refurbished to match your decor.

There are a huge range of festivals throughout the region in 2019. June is a major month with the D-Day Landing commemorations.


The normandyjug is a polished brass milk jug that was hand-crafted circa 1850 in Normandy. It’s decorated with a scalloped collar and has a rolled lip, a protuberant ridge that runs along the circumference of the mouth, a thick handle that attaches near the lip, and a molded lid with a riveted handle to provide a secure seal.

Normandy is known for its bucolic countryside, elongated stretches of beach and impossibly long coastline that stretch for miles along the coast, and it’s no wonder that this region has been renowned for its delicious apple cider. The apples that are grown in Normandy produce a cider with a rich, nutty flavour that has become synonymous with the region.

Apple cider is still a popular drink in this part of France, and the production process has been perfected by centuries of hard work. It is produced by distilling apple juice that has been pressed from local apples in the Pays d’Auge, which are plentiful and produce the best quality fruit.

Its popularity in the 19th century was boosted by the phylloxera crisis, which destroyed most of France’s vineyards. As a result, many people turned to apple cider to fill the gap.

As a result, the production of cider was encouraged and this led to a new industry in Normandy, which was also the origin of the Calvados name. The first recorded mention of cider distillation was made in 1553 by a squire named Gilles de Gouberville and the guild for cider distillation was created in 1606.

A major draw to this area was the abundance of apples, and it has been said that Basque sailors introduced Norman mariners to cider as far back as the 6th century. Cider remained the preferred drink in this region until beer took over during the 20th century.

The resulting brandy became known as eau de vie de cidre, or cider eau-de-vie in its native language of French, but it is only officially called Calvados in modern times. In 1942, the AOC (Appellation d’origine controlee) was awarded to calvados, further strengthening its reputation.


The normandy jug is no doubt the star of the show, but it’s not every day you find an early 20th century era example in mint condition. The design is not only clever but the quality of the glass is commendable. This is a must have for any wine connoisseur or collector. The aforementioned jug stands about 7 inches in the hand and is a bit heavier than a featherweight. This is a good thing since it is not in the habit of snagging on furniture and countertops, a good sign of age and a resale price that a fair amount of the time.


This charming antique British art pottery jug is all over decorated in a distinctive attractive majolica type drip-glaze, called Normandy pattern/finish by the Aller Vale Art Pottery. This stunning running green glaze effect on cream ground is one of the earlier outputs from the Aller Vale and was later much copied by others and sold through Liberty of London – the famous art nouveau and arts and crafts retailer.

As a result this early Victorian Devon Art Pottery piece is become scarce and hard to find as they disappear into worldwide collector cabinets and distinctive decor schemes! It is a good quality example and would make an attractive addition to any home.

If you love French scenery then you will adore this picture painting which was painted under impression after visiting one of the most picturesque parts of France – the beautiful Normandy region in the La Manche area. The dark blue sea and sky blend into a soft palette of light pink, orange and yellow which add to the charm and beauty of this painting. The calmness and serenity of the sunset will be sure to captivate your senses as you enjoy this delightful painting.

If you are looking for more things to do in France, there are plenty of events happening in Normandy in 2019 including a range of festivals, events and activities. There are also some exciting tours and trips available to get you there too!


A large and sturdy brass jug crafted in Normandy in the 1850s, this was a practical kitchen accessory with an eye catching appearance. The jug is actually a bit larger than you might expect, measuring in at a hefty 9.5 inches in diameter and 13 inches tall. The lid is secured by a large and thick handle that rises from the decorative midsection in style. The top of the jug atop an impressive triangular base is not only pretty but also functional, storing ice for a party on the fly.

A little bit bigger and a lot more expensive than its small brethren, the normandyjug is a worthy acquisition for your collection. Its many parts have been assembled and tested with no visible signs of wear or breakage to speak of.