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Victorian Majolica


American Can Company - 18BC56
From fill deposited circa 1880-1890 at Harford Run


Hollow vessel in an unidentified hexagonal form.  Possibly bowl. Molded jain symbol.  This vessel displays a pink interior glaze. 18BC56Hollow vessel in an unidentified hexagonal form.  Possibly bowl. Molded jain symbol.  This vessel displays a pink interior glaze. 18BC56 Hollow vessel, probably pitcher.bowl. Molded and painted with indeterminate motif.  This vessel displays a pink interior glaze. 18BC56Hollow vessel, probably pitcher.bowl. Molded and painted with indeterminate motif.  This vessel displays a pink interior glaze. 18BC56 Hollow vessel in an unidentified form. Possibly bowl. Molded and painted linear motif. This vessel displays a pink interior glaze. Rim diameter: 5.00”, Vessel #:78. 18BC56Hollow vessel in an unidentified form. Possibly bowl. Molded and painted linear motif. This vessel displays a pink interior glaze. Rim diameter: 5.00”, Vessel #:78. 18BC56
Hollow vessel in an unidentified hexagonal
form. Possibly bowl. Molded jain symbol.
This vessel displays a pink interior glaze.

Hollow vessel, probably pitcher. Molded
and painted with indeterminate motif.
This vessel displays a pink interior glaze.

Hollow vessel in an unidentified form.
Possibly bowl. Molded and painted linear
motif. This vessel displays a pink interior
glaze. Rim diameter: 5.00”, Vessel #:78


Teapot molded with corn motif. This vessel displays a pink interior glaze.  Lid diameter: 2.50”, Vessel #: 67. 18BC56Teapot molded with corn motif. This vessel displays a pink interior glaze.  Lid diameter: 2.50”, Vessel #: 67. 18BC56Teapot molded with corn motif. This vessel displays a pink interior glaze.  Lid diameter: 2.50”, Vessel #: 67. 18BC56Teapot molded with corn motif. This vessel displays a pink interior glaze.  Lid diameter: 2.50”, Vessel #: 67. 18BC56 Hollow vessel in an unidentified form.  Molded and painted floral motif.  This vessel displays a pink interior glaze. Lot #: 33-45. 18BC56.Hollow vessel in an unidentified form.  Molded and painted floral motif.  This vessel displays a pink interior glaze. Lot #: 33-45. 18BC56

Teapot molded with corn motif.  This vessel displays a pink interior glaze.
 Lid diameter: 2.50”, Vessel #: 67

Hollow vessel in an unidentified form.
Molded and painted floral motif.  This vessel
displays a pink interior glaze. Lot #: 33-45


Ruth Saloon - 18BC79



Jones, McDuffee and Stratton

Green glazed majolica pitcher from 18BC79 - Ruth Saloon - click image to see larger view.   Page from catalog importer Jones, McDuffee and Stratton - click image to see larger view.

Green glazed majolica pitcher.
From circa 1906-1912 context.

  Page from catalog of importer Jones,
McDuffee and Stratton, who were
Boston merchants that conducted business
with the British pottery manufacturer
Wedgwood - image from Karmason (2002).

Hanley

Collected by George L. Miller in 1986 in Hanley  Cannot be attributed to a specific pottery.

Molded and green glazed vessel of indeterminate form – probably serving dish.  Green glaze covers both the interior and exterior of the vessel. Molded and green glazed vessel of indeterminate form – probably serving dish.  Green glaze covers both the interior and exterior of the vessel. Molded and green glazed vessel of indeterminate form – probably large plate or serving dish.  Green glaze covers both the interior and exterior of the vessel. Molded and green glazed vessel of indeterminate form – probably large plate or serving dish.  Green glaze covers both the interior and exterior of the vessel. Molded and green glazed vessel of indeterminate form – probably serving dish or large plate.  Green glaze covers both the interior and exterior of the vessel. Molded and green glazed vessel of indeterminate form – probably serving dish or large plate.  Green glaze covers both the interior and exterior of the vessel.
Molded and green glazed vessel of
indeterminate form – probably serving dish.
Green glaze covers both the interior
and exterior of the vessel.
Molded and green glazed vessel of
indeterminate form– probably large plate or
serving dish.  Green glaze covers both the
interior and exterior of the vessel.
Molded and green glazed vessel of
indeterminate form– probably serving dish
or large plate. Green glaze covers both
the interior and exterior of the vessel.
Unidentified hollow vessels, one molded with a corn kernel motif and the other a basket weave.  The corn molded fragment has a pale pink interior glaze.              Corn was a popular motif in majolica ceramics. Pitcher in private collection.
Corn Kernel motif
Unidentified hollow vessels, one molded with a corn kernel motif and the other a basket weave.  The corn molded fragment has a pale pink interior glaze. Unidentified hollow vessels, one molded with a corn kernel motif and the other a basket weave.  The corn molded fragment has a pale pink interior glaze.
basket weave

Unidentified hollow vessels, one molded with a corn kernel motif and the other a basket weave.
The corn molded fragment has a pale pink interior glaze. Corn was a popular motif in majolica ceramics.
Complete Pitcher from a private collection.


Mayer Pottery Company – Arsenal Pottery (c. 1876-1908)

Collected by Amy C. Earls and George L. Miller in Trenton, New Jersey, 1998 to 2000

Mayer’s Arsenal Pottery began producing majolica in the mid-1880s (Liebknecht 2005).  

Molded plate with fern motif. The underside of this vessel has a mottled brown and green lead glaze. From Mayer Pottery Company – Arsenal Pottery (c. 1876-1908)Molded plate with fern motif. The underside of this vessel has a mottled brown and green lead glaze. From Mayer Pottery Company – Arsenal Pottery (c. 1876-1908).  Molded plate with fern motif. Rim diameter: 8.00” The underside of this vessel has a mottled brown and green lead glaze. From Mayer Pottery Company – Arsenal Pottery (c. 1876-1908) Molded plate with fern motif. Rim diameter: 8.00” The underside of this vessel has a mottled brown and green lead glaze. From Mayer Pottery Company – Arsenal Pottery (c. 1876-1908) Molded biscuit fired plate with fern motif. Rim diameter: 8.00”. From Mayer Pottery Company – Arsenal Pottery (c. 1876-1908)Molded plate with fern motif. Rim diameter: 8.00”. Complete plate on right from http://etruscanmajolica.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-majolica-of-arsenal-pottery.html.

Molded plate with fern motif. The
underside of this vessel has a mottled
brown and green lead glaze.


Molded plate with fern motif. Rim
diameter: 8.00” The underside of this vessel
has a mottled brown and green lead glaze.

Molded biscuit fired plate with fern motif. Rim diameter: 8.00”. Complete plate on right from http://etruscanmajolica.blogspot.com/2015/04/
the-majolica-of-arsenal-pottery.html


Molded plate with fern motif. Rim diameter: 8.00”. The underside of this vessel has a mottled brown and green lead glaze. From Mayer Pottery Company – Arsenal Pottery (c. 1876-1908)   Molded plate with fern motif. Rim diameter: 8.00”. The underside of this vessel has a mottled brown and green lead glaze. From Mayer Pottery Company – Arsenal Pottery (c. 1876-1908)  Molded plate with fern motif. Rim diameter: 8.00”. Complete plate on right from http://etruscanmajolica.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-majolica-of-arsenal-pottery.html. Molded flat vessel with leaf motif.  The underside of this vessel has a mottled yellow and green lead glaze. From Mayer Pottery Company – Arsenal Pottery (c. 1876-1908)Molded flat vessel with leaf motif.  The underside of this vessel has a mottled yellow and green lead glaze. From Mayer Pottery Company – Arsenal Pottery (c. 1876-1908)

Molded plate with fern motif. Rim diameter: 8.00”. The underside of this vessel
has a mottled brown and green lead glaze. Complete plate on right from http://etruscanmajolica.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-majolica-of-arsenal-pottery.html


Molded flat vessel with leaf motif.  The
underside of this vessel has a mottled
yellow and green lead glaze.

Left: Molded hollow vessel with bamboo motif. The interior of this vessel has a pink lead glaze. Right:  Molded hollow vessel (jug?) with a leaf motif. The interior of this vessel has a yellow lead glaze. From Mayer Pottery Company – Arsenal Pottery (c. 1876-1908)
Molded biscuit fired mug with floral and anchor motif. Rim diameter: 3.50”. From Mayer Pottery Company – Arsenal Pottery (c. 1876-1908) Molded hollow vessel (jug?) with fern motif. The interior of this vessel has a pale green lead glaze. From Mayer Pottery Company – Arsenal Pottery (c. 1876-1908)Private collection. http://etruscanmajolica.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-majolica-of-arsenal-pottery.html

Left: Molded hollow vessel with bamboo
motif. The interior of this vessel has a
pink lead glaze. Right:  Molded hollow
vessel (jug?) with a leaf motif. The interior
of this vessel has a yellow lead glaze. Far
right mug has similar bamboo pattern as
fragment on top left. From a private collection.

Molded biscuit fired mug or pitcher with
floral and anchor motif. Rim diameter: 3.50”.
Similar pattern to complete vessel on right
from a private collection.

Molded hollow vessel (jug?) with fern motif.
The interior of this vessel has a pale green
lead glaze. Possible parallel for sherds to
left. Private collection. http://etruscanmajolica.
blogspot.com/2015/04/the-majolica-of-
arsenal-pottery.html


Right: Molded hollow vessel (jug?) with a medallion motif. The interior of this vessel has a yellow lead glaze. From Mayer Pottery Company – Arsenal Pottery (c. 1876-1908)Right: Molded hollow vessel (jug?) with a medallion motif. The interior of this vessel has a yellow lead glaze. From Mayer Pottery Company – Arsenal Pottery (c. 1876-1908) Right:  Molded hollow vessel (jug?) with a medallion motif. The interior of this vessel has a green lead glaze. The Majolica Jardiniere-planter on the right, from a private collection, has similar medallion and scale pattern. From Mayer Pottery Company – Arsenal Pottery (c. 1876-1908).    Right:  Molded hollow vessel (jug?) with a medallion motif. The interior of this vessel has a green lead glaze.The Majolica Jardiniere-planter on the right, from a private collection, has similar medallion and scale pattern. From Mayer Pottery Company – Arsenal Pottery (c. 1876-1908).    The Majolica Jardiniere-planter on the right, from a private collection, has similar medallion and scale pattern.
Right: Molded hollow vessel (possible
planter?) with a medallion motif and
scale-like background. The interior of this
vessel has a yellow lead glaze.


Right:  Molded hollow vessel (possible planter?) with a medallion motif and
scale-like background. The interior of this vessel has a green lead glaze.
The Majolica Jardiniere-planter on the right, from a private collection,
has similar medallion and scale pattern.

Molded hollow vessel (jug?) with bamboo and leaf motif. Vessel diameter: approximately 4.00”. The interior of this vessel has a pale green lead glaze. From Mayer Pottery Company – Arsenal Pottery (c. 1876-1908)       Molded hollow vessel (jug?) with bamboo and leaf motif. Vessel diameter: approximately 4.00”. The interior of this vessel has a pale green lead glaze. From Mayer Pottery Company – Arsenal Pottery (c. 1876-1908)      

Molded hollow vessel (jug?) with bamboo and leaf motif. Vessel diameter: approximately 4.00”.
The interior of this vessel has a pale green lead glaze. Similar pattern to the pitcher on right from a private collection. http://etruscanmajolica.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-majolica-of-arsenal-pottery.html


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Unidentified hollow vessels, one molded with a corn kernel motif and the other a basket weave.  The corn molded fragment has a pale pink interior glaze. Corn was a popular motif in majolica ceramics. Pitcher in private collection. This vessel is representative of the inexpensive lead glazed imitations of Jasper stoneware, produced in the first half of the 19th century. Dipped pearlware mug with greyish-brown slip, to which sprig molded figures have been applied.  This vessel is representative of the inexpensive lead glazed imitations of Jasper stoneware, produced in the first half of the 19th century. In this closup of vessel on left, in the damaged area above the legs in the figure on the right, the unglazed greyish color of the slip is visible where portions of the sprig molded design have flaked away. Bone china saucer with light blue floral motif.  Note that the floral basket is enclosed within a larger molded motif. Bone china bowl, possibly a slop bowl, with a light blue thistle and shamrock sprig molded motif.  This vessel is badly stained - possibly known as Chelsea sprig pattern, dated by the Museum Victoria in Victoria, Australia as circa 1880, based on archaeological context. Queen’s ware (creamware) ashtray with sprig molded grapevine design. Closeup detail of plate shown on left - Queen’s ware (creamware) ashtray with sprig molded grapevine design. Printed mark “WEDGWOOD of Etruria & Barlaston, Made in England” dating after c. 1940 (Godden 1964:660).  The impressed mark reads “Wedgwood 4 C 65”, meaning that this vessel was made in April of 1965 (Godden 1964:659). Bone china sugar dish with blue floral sprigging.  It is part of a largely complete teaware set previously owned by the Ogle family, former owners of Belair Museum. The sugar dish bears the impressed mark of John Wedge Wood, in business in Staffordshire between 1841 to 1860  (Godden 1964).  Wood apparently tried to capitalize off the reputation of Josiah Wedgwood’s firm by marking his wares in a manner that could be easily be mistaken for the better known firm.  Note the small space between the G and the W in Wedgwood.  Josiah Wedgwood’s firm also never used the initial J. in their marks. This bone china cup in the Blue Chelsea pattern bears the post 1962 mark of Adderleys Ltd. (Godden 1964:25), attesting to the production of this type of sprig decorated ware into the second half of the twentieth century.

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