7 oz Stoneware Tavern Mug
Enjoy your favorite hot or cold beverages in this 7 ounce Stoneware Mug! An indispensable part of tavern life, stoneware mugs with cobalt blue designs were common 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.
- White and cobalt blue stoneware mug inspired by a stoneware tankard found in Williamsburg
- 7 oz. capacity
- Measures approximately 3.5" tall and 2.25" diameter
- Dishwasher and microwave safe
- WILLIAMSBURG exclusive!
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.