|Mudlarking Find: Copper Alloy Button 'Suspender'|
My trip was characterised by relief patterns on stoneware, my first find was a 300+ year old beard from a Bartmann Jug, used to hold beer or wine and probably imported from Germany.
The small oak (?) leaf below led me on an internet journey which uncovered rather beautiful German jugs with a botanical theme. Most likely produced in 16th Century Cologne Germany and imported via Steelyard, a German trading post in London where Cannon Street Station stands today whose Merchants were painted rather wonderfully by Hans Holbein in the 1530s.
Established by the Hanseatic League, Steelyard was a separate enclave for 600 years . At one point walled with 400 residents extensive warehouses, residences and churches on the banks of the Thames. In 1597 Elizabeth I expelled the German merchants and steelyard was closed, but seems to have remained an area with German presence, where Samuel Pepys would occasionally hang out 'Up and to the office all day, where sat late, and then to the office again, and by and by Sir W Batten and my lady and my wife and I by appointment yesterday (my Lady Pen failed us, who ought to have been with us) to the Rhenish winehouse at the Steelyard, and there eat a couple of lobsters and some prawns, and pretty merry, especially to see us four together' Pepys diary 1665
|Mudlarking Find: Bartmann Beard|
|Bartmann Jug 1501- 1700 (Museum of London)|
|Leaf on stoneware|
|Cologne jug 1550 (V&A)|
|Georg Giese a German merchant at Steelyard, Hans Holbein 1532|
It lives on in names only. 'Steelyard Passage' part of the Thames walkway runs under Cannon Street Station, with a snake of pavement lights marking the meanders of the Thames, kept company by evocative piped dock sounds.
|Steelyard Passage (Londonist)|
The next two finds have rather delicate, refined and carefully executed relief patterns. The first branches, I suspect from a 19th Century hunting jug and similar to those on Mortlake jugs. I can't find a match for the second shard with vine leaves and grapes on the right. Somehow I think it might be Doulton but can in no way justify that claim.
|Mudlarking Find: Branches from 19th Century Mortlake Hunting Jug|
|Mortlake Hunting Jug 1810-20|
|Fulham Hunting Jug 1874- 1889 (V&A)|
Pleased to find unusually large chunks of delftware and hand painted Chinese export porcelain.
|Mudlarking Find; Large Chunk of Delftware 1570-1750|
|Mudlarking Find: Large Chinese Export Porcelain Shard 16th-20th C|
This shard with intriguing magical markings caught my eye, I think it's stoneware
|Mudlarking Find: Stoneware Shard|
I had planned such a nice day on my own, I was going to finish up with a long overdue trip to the wonderful Museum of London, but sadly the migraine beat me and I had to limp home to bed.