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Any pottery experts here?

I dug this bit of clay pot up, and wondered if anyone might know anything about it, just out of interest. Then I'll bury it again. 😄 


  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 2,590
    Sorry @Slow-worm can't help you but isn't it fascinating the things we dig up in our gardens. Over the last week yet more "willow pattern" bits have been found in our garden.  We have been here since 1978 and never had willow pattern china. Amazing how long it can stay in the ground even when you have been digging it for all those years.
  • NormandyLizNormandyLiz Posts: 703
    For the past few days I've been digging and digging and digging, soil that hasn't seen the light of day for decades at least. So far I've found a rusty nail  :(.

    So I'm jealous of your bit of pot, @Slow-worm. I think you should treasure it.

  • Slow-wormSlow-worm Posts: 1,576
    @bertrand-mabel yes I do like to find 'treaure', but despite living where there's probably about £1m in roman coins artifacts per square mile, I've never found anything interesting! 😄

    @NormandyLiz yes I do like old things, but as it's only a tiny piece I'll leave it for someone else to dig up in 100 years, lol! I've found a couple of clear quartz crystals in the garden - I kept them.
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 10,174
    Wedgewood used to do a range called black basalt. Maybe something similar?
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • That looks like a 13th/14th century bathing jug. You can tell from the ornate rim design that was popular back then and also the slight curvature if the lip. These jugs would often be painted in bright colours and were predominantly used by the wealthier tier of society back than. If you dig around more you may find the entire bath.
    I am only kidding, I have no idea but that’s the sort of stuff that goes through my imagination when I find these sort of things 😁. Nice find.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,135
    Over the years I occasionally dig up bits of broken clay pipes.
    I've got one that's almost complete.

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,458
    Where is your garden and where was it found @Slow-worm? Can you photograph the other side of it and the edges?
    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,946
    There's a Fbook group for IDing pottery sherds

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • 2000GTV2000GTV Posts: 112
    We dug up musket balls on our allotment in Yorkshire that was very close to the Battle of Towton 1461. 

    Here, OH dug up a perfectly intact pair of glasses. Haven't a clue how they got there but when cleaned I can see very well in them so might save me a trip to the opticians  ;)  

    Lots more digging to do so who knows what else we might find? 
    Martina Franca, Puglia, southern Italy
    Love living in Italy but a Loiner at heart 
  • Slow-wormSlow-worm Posts: 1,576
    Sorry for not replying earlier, I couldn't find my own post! 🤣

    @Emptyheadtime haha, yeah if only! I'll dig deeper, there might be a knight still in ye bath.

    @Pete.8 we have Cerney stone gravel, tons of mini fossils and a lot of pipe shapes, which are also fossils of whatever I've forgotten they are. 

    @Redwing we're South Glos, so cotswold territory, I'll add more photos..

    Thanks @Dovefromabove, I'll have a look at that.

    @2000GTV they're pretty awesome finds!!

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