|Mudlarking Find: Section of a Tudor skillet.|
Friday, 1 March 2013
Skillet 1550- 1700
This was my favourite find from mudlarking trip a month or so ago. It was the completely pleasing tiny foot that did it. Roughly but somehow carefully and perfectly rendered. Soot still stains the flat base and licks the sides. The inside painted with shiny glaze, made green by the addition of copper. The whole piece is only 4cm long, the complete vessel must have been strangely tiny.
I'm guessing this comes from an earthenware skillet. Introduced in Tudor times and placed on the charcoal burning stoves that begun to be used from the 16th century. Apparently it represents when cooking became more refined, necessitating smaller vessels.