YORYM-99E927: Medieval : Jug

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Unique ID: YORYM-99E927

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Identification supplied by Jim Halliday:

A damaged, Miniature Pear-shaped lead alloy jug.
13th to 15th century.

Description: a cast lead alloy miniature jug, most likely having a long neck and probably a flared rim with a pouring lip which are now broken off and missing, Also the handle is broken off and only a trace of it on the main body of the jug remains. There is a flat base and a well defined casting seam showing at the side beneath the remains of the handle. The integral cast decoration to the body of the jug seems to represent basket work. Close examination with a glass shows that the remains of the neck had irregular zig zag design as the example found in Deighton (North Yorkshire).

Reference: Toys, Trifles & Trinkets Base Metal Miniatures From London 1200 to 1800. p290-291.

Comment: Hazel Forsyth and Geoff Egan discuss miniature toy jugs similar to this one in the pages of the above mentioned publication and describe them as scaled down copies of recorded ceramic jugs of the period. The pear-shaped miniature jugs of the type illustrated here are thought to date from the medieval period of the 13th century and on into the late 15th century but there is no firm recorded date as to when ceramic jugs of this type went out of production.


This artefact was shown to Jim Halliday, who has recorded the details and passed them to the PAS. The FLO has not seen the object and Jim Halliday supplied the photographs.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 36 mm
Width: 33.5 mm
Thickness: 29.3 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Liz Andrews-Wilson
Identified by: Mr Jim Halliday

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: York (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Near York

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Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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