An authentic 19th. century Irish half pint pewter haystack By Joseph Austen and Son who worked in Cork from 1809 to 1846. It has the Crowned X touch mark of Austen under the base and an Irish verification mark VR 553. Irish verification marks can be recognized by the mark of a harp between the V and R under the crown. Again the usual warning about Irish haystacks, beware of the many fakes there are on the market. Bottom diameter 2 3/4", height 4 3/4".