The city was deserted. A low grey London sky sat above the glassy Thames as it slipped out quickly and silently, no sign of the wind back home. As much as I like bumping into people and having a chat it is lovely when you're down there completely on your own.
After just 5 minutes I knew it was going to be a good day for finds. Another day characterised by lettering on stoneware. Most of it not very old and frustratingly google shot blanks, the only one I can identify is the bottom right 19th C J.Bourne ink bottle covered in an earlier post.
Other satisfying pieces are peopled transferware and another salt glazed stoneware Bartmann Beard, this time made neat with a rather cute little tie. His face is rendered in so many ways, suggesting there were dozens of potteries making Bartmann Jugs in Germany between 1550- 1700, they used many different moulds or that designs were developed over time, I spent an idle hour collecting different images on a dedicated board on my pinterest site.
Stumbled across an unusual number of pipes with longish stems
The last find of note is the spout of a Georgian Red Stoneware teapot, beautifully crafted with intricate zig zag patterns and so smooth and precise it must have been engine turned.
|Mudlarking Finds: Writing on mainly Stoneware|
|Mudlarking Finds: Transfer People|
|Mudlarking Find: Another Bartmann Beard|
|Mudlarking Finds: Clay Pipes T-B 1640-60 ,1700-70, 1690-1720|