IOW-A5B924: IOW-A5B924 Post-Medieval Ceramic Vessel (Frenchen Ware)

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Unique ID: IOW-A5B924

Object type certainty: Certain
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A fragment of a post Medieval stoneware rim sherd with a horizontal ridge. Possibly a Raeren-type, or possibly an Aachen-type (1300 - 1800).

A wheel thrown vessel. The fabric is hard fired with a grey core and brownish yellow inner and outer surfaces (Munsell Colour: 10YR 6/6). Above the ridge there is a line of impressed marks forming an abstract design that vaguely resembles letters. The distance between the rounded rim and the rib is 22.2mm. It is estimated the outer diameter of the rim would have been c. 60.0mm when complete. The breaks are sharp. 43.0 x 39.9 x 6.8mm. Weight: 13.49g.


Duncan Brown has kindly commented: The form certainly looks like a stoneware mug and the decoration looks familiar. I'm sure I've seen similar roulettes on Raeren-type, or maybe Aachen-type things.

Ben Jervis has commented:

The form would certainly seem to imitate Rhenish stoneware mugs and I assume this is your reason for suggesting a German/Low Countries provenance. Am I correct in thinking that it is earhenware rather than stoneware?
There are some elements which, from the photo at least, may suggest a more local provenance, the way the collar of the vessel is formed is reminiscent of some vessels from west Hants/east Dorset. Certainly local industries were producing earthenware copies of Rhenish products.

Class: Rim sherd

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Exactly AD 1500
Date to: Exactly AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 43 mm
Width: 39.9 mm
Thickness: 6.8 mm
Weight: 13.49 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 12th February 2011

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2011-4-76

Materials and construction

Primary material: Ceramic
Manufacture method: Wheel made
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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