by Elizabeth Paynter – CART Lab Director
Along with the sponged decoration discovered during the recent archaeological survey for a Hidden Pond Nature Center ADA trail, the CART lab has also been cataloging yellow ware factory-made slipware. Factory-made slipwares are known for their brightly colored slip, often applied in lines and bands around the vessel. In the CART lab, we frequently refer to factory-made slipware as bandedware. This ware type also goes by a variety of other names such as annularware or dipped ware. Yellow ware is similar to the white refined earthenware types, pearlware and whiteware, that most factory-made slipware designs decorate except the body is buff to golden in color.
While factory-made slipwares were available in the 1770s, yellow wares with a factory-made slip decoration were not introduced until after 1810. More typically, yellow ware factory-made slipwares date from around the mid-1800s into the 20th century. The yellow ware found at Hidden Pond has slipped lines of light blue, brown and cream. Any other decoration visible is difficult to determine since we only recovered small fragments of the vessel or vessels.
For more information, see our post “Factory-Made Slipwares”.
FLMNH. 2019. Yellow Ware – Type Index. Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH). Electronic. https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/typeceramics/type/yellow-ware/ accessed June 17, 2019.
MAC Lab. 2002. Dipped Earthenwares. Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab (MAC Lab). Electronic. http://www.jefpat.org/diagnostic/Post-Colonial%20Ceramics/DiptWares/index-dippedwares.htm accessed January 5, 2017.
Sussman, Lynne. 1997. Mocha, Banded, Cat’s Eye, and Other Factory-made Slipware. Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology, Boston, MA.