Small Stoneware Mug

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  • White and cobalt blue
  • Reproduction stoneware mug
  • Classic tavern check design
  • 7 oz.
  • Non-toxic, lead free
  • Dishwasher, microwave, oven, and freezer safe
  • Made in America by Louisville Stoneware
  • WILLIAMSBURG exclusive!
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    Enjoy your favorite hot or cold beverages with 18th-century style! An indispensable part of tavern life, stoneware mugs with cobalt blue designs were the usual vessels for beer and ale in the 18th-century. This design was inspired by a salt-glazed stoneware tankard excavated at the Anthony Hay House site.

    This checked mug is reproduced in Louisville, Kentucky, by Louisville Stoneware, a potter "dedicated to the craft of transforming clay into enduring, functional stoneware pottery art forms." An artistic and historic statement piece, this stoneware mug is also extremely practical. Naturally holding heat and cold exceptionally well, it is designed to be ovenproof, as well as microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe.
    This stoneware mug is based on fragments of eighteenth-century pottery uncovered in Williamsburg during archaeological excavations. Understandably, the heaviest concentrations of shards were found around tavern sites, where the originals would have been used for beer and cider.

    The ornamentation-simple incised designs colored with cobalt blue-is a style developed in the Rhineland during the late 16th century. Throughout the colonial period, this style was the standard for tavernware in England and her colonies. The salt glaze is produced by throwing salt into a hot kiln during the firing process. The resulting sodium gas bonds with the clay bodies to produce a distinctive glassy coating.

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