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American-made "redware" plates like this one were cheap and were an improvement over wooden plates. A local potter made this plate and put on a tin glaze before firing it in a kiln. The glaze sealed redware, which is made from a porous clay, and made it usable for baking and handling liquids as well as solids. Other things made from redware included milk pans, mixing bowls, bean-pots, butter churns, and chamber pots. Americans preferred to use fancier, factory-made English pottery for table use.


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date   1825-1850
location   Unknown
process/materials   slip-decorated redware
item type   Household Goods/Food Service Tools & Equipment
accession #   #1999.13.501

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Redware Platter

Milk Pan

Bean Pot

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