Aust Pattern Stove Tile

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Title

Aust Pattern Stove Tile

Subject

South, Stanley A.
Archaeology.
Wachovia (N.C.)--History.
Artifacts.
Pottery.
Moravians.
Aust, Gottfried, 1722-1788.

Description

Redware stove tile of the pattern produced by Gottfried Aust. Stove tiles were manufactured in Bethabara as early as November, 1756, when ceramic stoves were installed in the Gemeinhaus and Single Brothers House. Ceramic Stoves were eventually placed in most of the structures in Bethabara, including the refugee cabins built in the Mill Fort.

The tile’s face is decorated with a raised geometric design and an acorn in each corner. Like all of the other Aust pattern stove tiles recovered in Bethabara, this one is unglazed redware. It was recovered in two pieces, which were glued back together by the archaeologists.

The tile was made by pressing a piece of clay into a mold. It was then removed from the mold and laid face-up on coarse cloth, such as osnaburg linen, to dry. The textile pattern is clearly seen on the inside of the tile, as is soot from use. A wall was added on all four sides of the back, creating a surface to join to other tiles with clay. Some of this red mortar remains on the long sides.

This and the associated tile, 2018.2.8, were recovered from feature B60, a pit adjacent to the north eastern fort bastion.

Dimensions: 8” tall, 7.25” wide, and 1.75” deep.

Creator

Aust, Gottfried, 1722-1788.

Date

1756-1771

Type

Physical Object

Format

JPEG

Identifier

2018.2.7

Source

OC2-Historic Bethabara Park Archaeology Collection Exhibit

Relation

Historic Bethabara Park Archaeology Collection,
Stanley South Manuscript Collection Box – Folder 3-37
2018.2.8

Rights

Rights held by Historic Bethabara Park, Inc. Use and reproduction restrictions apply. Contact Historic Bethabara Park Archives.

Contributor

Photography: Daniel Ferguson

Rights Holder

Historic Bethabara Park, Inc.

Citation

Aust, Gottfried, 1722-1788., “Aust Pattern Stove Tile,” Historic Bethabara Park Collections, accessed April 17, 2021, https://historicbethabarapark.omeka.net/items/show/31.