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Culture:English
Title:cup
Date Made:1700-1720
Type:Food Service
Materials:ceramic: slip-decorated, lead-glazed earthenware (slipware)
Place Made:United Kingdom; England; Midlands
Measurements:overall: 2 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in; 6.35 cm x 8.89 cm x 6.985 cm
Accession Number:  HD 69.1314
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Description:
English dotted slipware (dotware) cup with a loop handle. According to Leslie Grigsby in her "English Slip-Decorated Earthenware at Williamsburg": "The use of dots, whether large or small, dark-on-light, or light-on-dark, was popular in the Midlands throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries." A wide range of these wares were sold throughout Britain and to the colonies, and have been found at excavations in Williamsburg and on examples found in the 1976 excavation of Dr. Thomas Williams (1718-1775) privy pit here in Deerfield. This cup was formerely in the kitchen collection of the PVMA, listed as "Small Yellow and Brown Mug" (K506 marked on the side), donated by Miss Emily C. Graves of Greenfield, Mass. The exterior and interior of the cup is covered with a mustard-colored glaze, with two rows of irregularly-spaced and sized dark brown dots encircling the body. A section of the upper row of dots has bled together to become a continuous, bumpy line. The mustard glaze ends at the bottom of the handle. The cup has slightly curved sides leading to a flared rim and a foot rim.

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