Department of Anthropology

Salt-glazed Stoneware (Plates)

  • Type: Fine stoneware
  • Date range: c.1720-1805
  • Median date: 1763
  • Place of origin: England
  • The fabric of this ware is white. The glaze is clear, allowing the white fabric to show through.

White salt-glazed stoneware was the typical tableware of the mid-18th century. In the late 1730s, block moulds were developed to shape salt-glaze plates, teapots, tankards, caddies, etc., often with high relief. A general date range for moulded white salt-glaze is 1740-1765.

Common plate rim motifs were: "dot, diaper and basket"; "bead and reel"; and "barley" pattern.

See Noel Hume 1976: 114-117, and South 1977: 210-211.


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Top photo: Plain salt-glaze stoneware plate
Bottom photo: Top left: "bead and reel" pattern rim sherd; bottom left: "dot, diaper and basket" pattern rim sherd; right: plain stoneware plate. (The "diaper" refers to the diamond element of the pattern.)


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