YORYM-E4B747: Medieval : Vessel Handle

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Unique ID: YORYM-E4B747

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A fragment of a wheel-thrown ceramic vessel of medieval date, c.AD 1250-1350. The fragment is the top part of a handle of a large ceramic jug of a material known as Brandsby-type ware.

The fabric is a hard-fired, coarse, sand-tempered and is reduced to a pale grey-white at the upper edge of the handle. In the handle proper, the fabric is reduced to the same pale grey-white at the core and surrounded by a thick pale orange border. The whole is glazed in a drab green glaze, which is absent from the interior from the vessel but originally covered the fully circumference of the handle. The glaze is abraded at all edges.

Handle fragments like this are common ceramic survivals because they are usually the thickest part of the jug - the handles are formed separately and stuck on by hand before the vessel is fired. This makes the top of the handle double-thickness and this is the part that survives on your fragment. The two deep recesses at this edge are from where the potter has used his thumbs to press the handle onto the vessel wall. The handle is twisted away from the top, which is an unusual trait for this type of vessel. Brandsby-type wares are produced in a number of villages to the north of York besides Brandsby and is a prominent product of the 13th and 14th century pottery industries of Medieval York.

The fragment is 62.4mm long, 46.5mm wide, 28.9mm thick and weighs 54.1g.

Report by Adam Parker, Assistant Curator of Archaeology, York Museums Trust.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1250
Date to: Circa AD 1350

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 62.4 mm
Width: 46.5 mm
Thickness: 28.9 mm
Weight: 54.1 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths
Identified by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths

Other reference numbers

Other reference: YMT : E04419

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Hambleton (District)
Parish or ward: Tollerton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE5164
Four figure Latitude: 54.06941937
Four figure longitude: -1.22217363
1:25K map: SE5164
1:10K map: SE56SW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Gardening
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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