A brown stoneware tankard with saltglaze. The surface has been covered with a thin iron stained slip wash before salt-glaze firing. The base is cut from the potter's wheel, without turning, the turned 'rib' above the foot and also the line around the middle were done while the pot was still on the wheel. The handle is extruded, with 5 flutes. The potting is very heavy and there are engrained sooty deposits under the base which suggests that it was used as a mulling tankard - to warm up beer in a fire on an iron. It’s crudely potted and the clay contains impurities such as a large iron nodule which has melted on the inside leaving a cavity.
This is a fairly unusual tankard which presents difficulties with dating; the style points in parts to a date around the middle of the C18th, but the crude potting may suggest a product from a pottery operating as late as 1840. Probably made in Nottingham or Derbyshire. A rare and unusual item.
133mm high (to top of rim) (approx. 5.2”).
Virtually perfect. The glaze around top of rim is a little worn from extended use. No chips. No cracks. No restoration.