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Beach Pottery

 

Pieces of pottery, some rounded by the action of the sea, can often be found on the beach. While many are plain white, others can carry tantalising clues to what they once were and to their age.

 

Pottery can find itself on the beach having been left by picnickers; discarded or dropped from working boats, or perhaps even lost as cargo.

 

 

 

These are my absolute favourite pottery finds. All four pieces were found one winter in Ilfracombe Harbour which once had daily visits from a number of paddlesteamers, part of the P & A Cambell fleet in place from the mid ninteenth century. These pieces must have come from the branded crockery they had on board for their passengers.

 

Crazing on a piece of pottery - the cracking of the upper glaze layer - can be an indication of age.

 

Pottery can hold the maker's stamp on it's base. A bit of detective work on theinternet can help find the location and era of the maker.

 

 

Some pieces of pottery feel like amazing miniature pieces of art. What a plate this must have been!

 

 

 

 

While this fragment of a marmalade pot handilygives a date - 1882 - there are lots of modern copies of these types of pots currently on sale.Given the good condition of this piece, Isuspect it is far more likely to be twenty-first centuty than nineteenth century.

 

There is a slight clue here as to what this fragment may have come from...