Saturday, 12 May 2012

Potters Leaving their Mark: Stamped patterns.

These  fragments somehow look less old, neater, more sophisticated. I suspect they are from the 17th or 18th centuries.  I haven’t been able to locate many similar objects on the web. All redware, they may have been made at the potteries near the Woolwich Ferry or Deptford in South London, which operated from the late 16th century to the 18th century.

The first is a whopper of a thing, 31 cm long. A rather lovely, presumably stamped, line of repeated leaves and either acorn or flower bud runs under the pot rim. As my colleague Pat observed, this pot or storage container must have been huge as the curve is fairly shallow. A rather handsome, thick, mottled brown glaze covers the reverse.

Large section of Pot Rim found Mudlarking on Thames Foreshore London 
A similar glaze is found on the second wheel made find. I’ve located a similar fragment, South Somerset ware 1700-1800, on the net. 

18th ? Century Pot Rim found Mudlarking on Thames Foreshore
The last find is again wheel made, not stamped but rather finely made with a pie crust edge, carefully glazed on the inside rim with a rather professional looking wavy pattern on the exterior. Now what is that 'bit of thing' just to right of curvy pattern? Same 'thing' is captured in clay on rim far left above. 
Redware Pot Rim found Mudlarking on Thames London

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