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Date Made:circa 1820
Type:Food Service
Materials:ceramic: lead-glazed, refined white earthenware (china glaze, pearlware), underglaze high temperature colors (Pratt colors)
Place Made:Great Britain: Staffordshire (probably); Great Britain: Bristol (possibly)
Accession Number:  HD 2023.17.3
Credit Line:Bequest of Rebecca Bounds and Steven J. Warnecke
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

A rundlet or barrel is a portable, small keg for transporting alcohol. High temperature, underglaze oxide colors or so-called “Pratt colors” were introduced in the 1790's, and decorated earthenware under the glaze with cobalt-blue, copper-green, iron-orange, manganese-brown, and antimony-yellow. A related example in the Colonial Williamsburg Collection is attributed to the Bristol Pottery, Bristol, England, based on several rundlets being painted and personalized there in distinctive floral patterns by William Fifield.

This example is painted in high temperature colors of orange, yellow, brown, green, and blue with a gilly flower design alternating with blue and yellow v-shaped sections with cross-hatched decoration. The circumference of the waist is only interrupted by the brown painted, chamfered bunghole, and alternating colors on each set of ridges. The ends (top and bottom) are decorated with meandering flowers and vines. A white tag (now in the data file) reads: c. 1820/ 87-94/Spirit barrel/probably Bristol/ c. 1820"

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