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Bottle

1675-1676
Origin: England, Fulham
OH: 8 1/2 inches
Stoneware, salt-glazed, brown
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 2011-68
Brown salt-glazed stoneware bottle of ovoid shape with slender reeded neck and strap handle. Opposite the handle is an applied circular medallion bearing a cock under the initials H.C all within a 1/4 inch hatched border.
Label:Brown salt-glazed stoneware bottle of ovoid shape with slender reeded neck and strap handle. Opposite the handle is an applied circular medallion bearing a cock under the initials H.C all within a 1/4 inch hatched border.

Fragments of two English brown salt-glazed stoneware bottles very similar to this example have been excavated archaeologically from the site of Barrett's Ferry on the banks of the Chickahominy and James Rivers known as Barrett's Ferry (44JC1123). The fragments, which have been attributed to John Dwight's pottery, were recovered along with other artifacts from the 1670s. To date the only Dwight medallion known in America, the fragmentary seal depicts the leg and foot of a bird. Various badges featuring birds such as owls, hens, doves, geese, storks, swans, and eagles, primarily dating to 1675-1676, have been excavated at Dwight's pottery. His sealed bottles appear to have been made for specific individuals, many of whom were tavern keepers. This bottle, whose seal is very similar to the one excavated from Barrett's Ferry, was mad for Henry Crosse, owner and operator of the Cock Alehouse in London.
Provenance:Previously in the private collection of Jonathan Horne.