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Jug - Whiteware, Green Transfer-Printed, Floral Pattern, Davenport, Staffordshire, England, 1828-1887 (Fragment) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 069144 1

This reconstructed pitcher was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was manufactured by W. Davenport & Co in Staffordshire, England between 1805 and 1883.

Uncovering past food practices.
Of all the archaeological material uncovered in the Little Lon excavations, the remnants of eating and drinking are the most numerous. Broken plates, bowls, cups and cutlery were thrown into rubbish piles with smashed jars that once held jam and pickles, and jugs that held water or cordial. Shells from oysters, abalone and coconuts were tossed in with bones from mutton, beef, rabbit and pork. Pips and seeds from fruit and vegetables were also added to the piles. These objects offer clues to the food consumed by residents of Little Lon, and are important in the rediscovery of a people, place and time long vanished.
Description for parent record:
80 fragments of ceramic jug/ pitcher. Teal water jug/ pitcher has a flared rim and spout with a strap handle. Glaze is neutral with turquoise transfer printed underglaze in floral design. Colour is AS T63, M2.5B 2/6. Manufacturers mark printed on back of base reads 'DAVENPORT' in a semi- circle with '14' printed above. Originally thought to have matching bowl.
Manufacturer: W. Davenport & Co. possibly 1814 as the number '14' is printed above name, Longport, Staffordshire Potteries
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 363 mm (Height), 210 mm (Width), 210 mm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: making history - little lonsdale street
Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Activity: hygiene
Specific Activity: jug
Trench Unit Number: 57/13/80
Inscriptions: On base: 'DAVENPORT / 14' (TP) and impressed anchor.
Manufacturer: Davenport & Co., 1828-1887


Degn Posted on 20 Sep 2012 3:49 AM
I do have a pitcher or jug. Made i Davenport. It has doublle crossed handle and lid with nice handle. The jug has a spout. The decoration is made with leaves from hops and hopscups. The colour is weakblue/ grey/ white. Its earthenware. I do not know how old it is but it looks like late Empire. Maybe you are interrested. Maybe you know something about it. I can make pictures

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