Mudlarking on the Thames foreshore, I’ve found what I assume to be a couple of pipkin handles. I can’t avoid the inevitable comparison, which the kids and teens immediately supplied when I asked them what they looked like, ‘small penis’, or the more colloquial equivalent.
|Pipkin handles found Mudlarking on Thames foreshore|
|Pipkin 1636- 1700, Height 14cm from Museum of London|
Each is hollow, so a stick could be inserted to lift the pot. The handles are short, one is 5 the other 6cm long. One has green glaze on the base, from the inside of the pipkin, the other tiny remains on the outside. Movingly, you can still see the marks of the potter’s thumbs as they smoothed the handle onto the main body.
|Hollow pipkin handles|
|Pipkin base showing green glaze|