This is a large antique salt glaze stoneware flask most probably made by MURRAY POTTERY in Glasgow (Caledonian Pottery).
It takes the form of the head of the cobbler, Souter Johnnie - who featured in the celebrated narrative poem by the Scottish poet, Robert Burns, "Tam O'Shanter". The flasks are based on the life-size sculptures made by James Thom (1802-1850) in 1830 - and are now on display in Souter Johnnie's cottage in Kirkoswald.
The Thom's carvings of the Souter Johnie and his drinking companion Tam O'Shanter were taken on an exhibition tour of Glasgow, Edinburgh, and London. They were received with great approval - and instigated a buoyant market for souvenirs, household articles, and decorative items based on the original models.
I have two of these rare stoneware flasks or flagons available in my store - and these come from my own personal collection which I have owned for many years.
This is the smaller of the two - but still a nice large size and a most decorative item. Again, it is a rare piece of Victorian Scottish Pottery. I think that is was also made at the Murray Pottery in Glasgow (but with no maker's mark) as it is a near smaller twin to my another one with the impressed maker's stamp.
My flask is in great condition with no damages of any kind.
It measures 8 inches in height. From handle to the tip of the nose is 8 inches. The diameter of the base at the widest point is just over 7 inches.
Unpacked it is 1.6 kg in weight.
It can only be posted to UK addresses - due to its weight and larger szie it would have to be sent with Parcelforce48 - with insurance in transit - it will be about £14.95 to post to you.