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Mug

1740-1780
Origin: England, Nottingham or Derbyshire
Overall: 5 5/16 x 3 1/2 x 4 3/4in. (13.5 x 8.9 x 12.1cm)
Stoneware, salt-glazed, brown (metallic brown wash)
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1975-92
Brown salt-glazed stoneware (Nottingham-type) bell-shaped mug with metallic brown wash. Extruded handle with
Label:Among the many forms recovered from excavation sites, thinly potted straight-sided tankards and baluster-shaped mugs predominate in the category of Nottingham-type drinking vessels.

Archaeological evidence at Mount Vernon documents the use of such brown stoneware tankards at the main house circa 1745–1755. Undecorated Nottinghamwares were present in eighteenth-century America in great quantities, as witnessed by a simple baluster mug recovered from the Hubbard House lot in Williamsburg, but there was also a penchant for ornamentation. Tankards and mugs like this one with roulette decoration alone or others like 1973-231 with bands of fluting, bread crumbs (also called potter’s waste or grog) were hugely popular during the mid- to late-eighteenth century. Examples of drinking vessels embellished in this manner have been excavated from sites throughout the colonies.
Provenance:Purchased from Jellinek & Sampson Antiques, London