Tortoise Shell Saucer

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Title

Tortoise Shell Saucer

Subject

South, Stanley A.
Archaeology.
Wachovia (N.C.)--History.
Artifacts.
Pottery.
Moravians.
Christ, Rudolph, 1750-1833.

Description

In 1773, William Ellis arrived in Bethabara and offered to teach Gottfried Aust how to make English Staffordshire-style earthenware in exchange for clothing and lodging. Ellis had been the superintendent of John Bartlam’s China Manufactory and Pottery in Charleston, SC. Aust chose to produce the more traditional wares he had been doing, while his apprentice Rudolph Christ went on to master the new English-style pottery. Christ operated his pottery shop in Bethabara from 1786-1789.

This style of pottery was considered fine pottery. While most of this style pottery was made using molds, this piece was thrown on a potter’s wheel. The body is redware. The finished redware form had white slip applied to the top surface, then splotches of copper oxide and manganese glaze were added to produce the green and brown tortoise shell finish.

This plate was recovered from feature B55, Christ’s Waster Dump #2. It appears to have been overfired as some of the glazing shows blackening. Additionally, a large amount of the glaze and slip flaked off, indicating it did not properly adhere to the clay.

It is labeled B55-C14-1-15 on the most of the pieces in black ink.

Dimensions: 5.75” dia rim, 3.5” dia. foot, .875” tall.

Creator

Christ, Rudolph, 1750-1833

Date

1786-1789

Type

Physical Object

Format

JPEG

Identifier

2018.2.39

Source

OC2-Historic Bethabara Park Archaeology Collection Exhibit

Relation

Historic Bethabara Park Archaeology Collection
Stanley South Manuscript Collection Box – Folder 8-20
Stanely South Manuscript Collection Box – Folder 4-10
Stanley South Manuscript Collection Box – Folder 4-67

Rights

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

Rights Holder

Historic Bethabara Park, Inc.

Citation

Christ, Rudolph, 1750-1833, “Tortoise Shell Saucer,” Historic Bethabara Park Collections, accessed March 4, 2021, https://historicbethabarapark.omeka.net/items/show/61.