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Origin: Europe, Germany, Westerwald
Stoneware, salt-glazed
Archaeological Collection, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Acc. No. T067-2013,1
Reconstructed jug excavated at the Martin’s Hundred Site, James City County, Virginia [7182CGER2115E].
Label:Salt-glazed stoneware was first produced in what is now Germany. Large amounts of this durable product were shipped all over the globe, partly because it was well suited for the safe storage of food. British potters worked to copy German stoneware and developed a unique product known as white salt-glazed stoneware. The refined clay used in British wares offered all the qualities of more utilitarian stoneware, but could also be made into refined tableware. Colonists in the Chesapeake used large quantities of German and British stoneware, both in the kitchen and on the table.