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This is a 10 gallon (or more) jug used for transporting and dispensing liquid, most commonly used as a water cooler but also was used for whiskey and wines. This piece has a place for a spout and the two handles are for moving the heavy liquid-filled jug around. The brown is called Albany slip glaze, a glaze that was invented in New York and was used on jugs and crocks that held liquid. This glaze had a quality that kept liqids from seeping, leaking and staining the crockery. This jug looks to be from the southern US based on the construction, I will guess Tennessee or West Virginia to be its origin, then it was shipped to this building that you have described. The jug dates to 1880's time period, so it was in existence before the saloon. That is not unusual because these were re-used and re-purposed up until even this day.
Stoneware has become very soft in the market of antiques because of the recent turn to Mid Century Modern decor, and this had heavily impacted prices for primitives (the category of stoneware). This jug has a current value of $120.00 retail. I would hang on to it for another 5 years, the mid century modern phase is waning and things always come back around!
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I have been buying and selling stoneware for over 20 years. The value in stoneware is in the decoration and smaller size. Yours has no decoration and is a large size that is not very collectible currently. The small, 1/2 gallon, miniature and 1 gallon jugs and crocks have MORE value than the large, 5 gallon and up sizes.