Physical Description

Six partially refitting thick, white-glazed earthenware fragments of a large circular or oval item, probably a platter. The edge has a moulded scroll design that is typical of 'White Granite', although it is low-fired earthenware. Manufactured between the 1840s and circa 1930.

Physical Description

Six partially refitting thick, white-glazed earthenware fragments of a large circular or oval item, probably a platter. The edge has a moulded scroll design that is typical of 'White Granite', although it is low-fired earthenware. Manufactured between the 1840s and circa 1930.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Royal Exhibition Building Western Forecourt Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Public Life & Institutions, Historical Archaeology

  • Acquisition Information

    Transfer from Godden Mackay Logan Heritage Consultants (GML), Department of Archaeology, La Trobe University, Australia Gallery, History & Technology Department, Museum Victoria, 20/11/2009

  • Manufacture Date

    1840s-circa 1930

  • Context Number

    G11/4/8/001

  • Site

    Royal Exhibition Building Western Forecourt

  • Distinguishing Marks

    Date range based on dates for white granite. Between 1850 and 1870, white granite represented the largest single proportion of ceramics exported to the USA from Staffordshire. Miller et al note that by 1870 white granite wares were often insufficiently fired to achieve vitrification.

  • Activity

    Food service

  • Specific Activity

    Serving dish

  • Decoration

    Glaze

  • Colour

    White

  • Moulding

    Scroll

  • Classification

    Historical archaeology, Food service, Serving dish

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline

    Archaeology - Historical

  • Type of item

    Object

  • References

    Miller 1991: 10; 1993: 4; Miller et al 2000: 10; Poplar Forest 1996: 23; Brooks 2005: 26; Ewins 1997: 48
    [Article - Journal] Miller, George L. A Revised Set of CC Index Values for Classification and Economic Scaling of English Ceramics from 1787 to 1880. Historical Archaeology. 25 (1): 1-25., 1991, 10 Pages
    [Article - Journal] Miller, George L. 1993. A User's Guide to Ceramic Assemblages: Part Four. Some Thoughts on Classification of White Earthenwares. Newsletter of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology. 26: 4-7., 1993, 4 Pages
    [Article - Journal] Miller, George L., et al. Telling Time for Archaeologists. Newsletter of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology. 29: 1-22., 2000, 10 Pages
    [Book] 1996. Poplar Forest Archaeology Lab and Field Manual., 1996, 23 Pages
    [Book] Brooks, Alasdair. 2005. An Archaeological Guide to British Ceramics in Australia, 1788-1901., 2005, 26 Pages
    [Book] Ewins, Neil. 1997. 'Supplying the Present Wants of our Yankee Cousins...': Staffordshire Ceramics and the American Market 1775-1880., 1997, 48 Pages

  • Keywords

    Archaeology, Eating & Dining, Royal Exhibition Building, World Heritage