Grey Hen

(A). A stone bottle for holding liquor. Large and small pewter pots mixed together are called “hen and chickens.”

“A dirty leather wallet lay near the sleeper, ... also a grey-hen which had contained some sort of strong liquor.” —Miss Robinson: Whitefriars, chap. viii.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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