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Pitchers ranged in size from very large to quite small. Their materials and design also varied, ranging from simple redware to those with elaborate decoration such as this engine-turned example. The incised decoration was done on unfired pottery leather-hard with the aid of the engine-turning lathe. This lathe has an eccentric motion which enables it to cut a variety of patterns. The "1 Qt. Pitcher" Elijah Williams bought from Orlando Ware's Deerfield, Massachusetts, store for seventeen cents in 1803 might have looked something like this.


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Pitcher with engine turned decoration

date   1795-1805
location   England
height   6.5"
process/materials   pearlware
item type   Household Goods/Food Service Tools & Equipment
accession #   #1880.010.02

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War of 1812 Commemorative Pitcher

"Taking Tea"

Ware Store Day Book [Vol. I]

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