This household artifact was likely produced from local clay available to potters of the 18th and 19th century who produced ceramic wears identified as redware. The term is applied to earthenware pottery produced from red clays native to south eastern Pennsylvania. The availability of clay and the low firing necessary to produce this ware, made it inexpensive for utility in the household. Pennsylvania Germans produced large quantities of this ceramic type, although only a few known examples of this particular artifact survive today.
This unusual conical shape has straight sloping sides with circular ridges from top to bottom. The exterior surface is not glazed, but the interior “well” is glazed which provides a smooth surface. There is a small opening just above the base. It’s size is relatively small, average size of examples found are four inches high and six inches deep.
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