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ca. 1685
Origin: England, Fulham
H: 3 13/16"; Diam: 3 1/2"; Diam + handle: 4 3/16"
Stoneware, salt-glazed, white with silver
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1969-210
Mug light buff body; globular with wide cylindrical, horizontally-reeded neck mounted with scalloped-edged silver band; loop handle with additional coil below lower terminal; and small foot.
Label:In America, archaeological evidence offers compelling proof that white stoneware was present by about 1700. As occurred with English brown wares, a variety of forms arrived more or less simultaneously and proliferated rapidly. Not surprisingly, vessels made for serving or consuming alcoholic beverages are among the earliest white stonewares documented here. Writing forty years ago, Ivor Noël Hume offered a provocative clue about the presence of white wares in Virginia. He described Dwight’s success during the late seventeenth century in producing gorges or “numerous small drinking mugs with reeded necks in gray to white stoneware, as well as a marbleized version of the same form. At least one fragment likely to belong to this class has been found on a late seventeenth- to early eighteenth-century site in Virginia.” More than a dozen small drinking mugs or white gorges attributed to Dwight’s pottery survive today (1969-210). They were produced from about 1680 until 1700 and are characterized by their thinness, fine reeding at the neck, and small, pinched roll of clay beneath the lower handle terminal.
Provenance:Purchased from Joseph Vizcarra, Lombard, IL