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A pot sherd in situ

December 13, 2009

The pot sherd above struck me as quite a fancy-looking piece, so I thought I’d share it here. It’s a piece of Westerwald stoneware, which is a salt-glazed stoneware produced in the Westerwald region of modern-day Germany, in particular from the late 16th Century to the 19th Century. Westerwald ware can be used to make a number of kinds of vessel, particularly tankards, mugs, jugs and chamber pots, and is more commonly white with cobalt blue decoration. The Museum of London’s very helpful web page on Westerwald stoneware states that manganese purple details such as on the sherd above appear after 1650. The sherd in the picture is from a site in Somerset in south-west England, but the pottery can be found as far afield as North America and Australia.

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