A stoneware jug from Siegburg

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A stoneware jug from Siegburg

With its hard off-white fabric and patches of ash glaze, the vessel is one of the few complete examples of the late medieval stoneware made at Siegburg in the central Rhineland ever found in Britain. It is datable to the late 15th century or the beginning of the 16th. An interesting feature of the vessel is its hinged pewter lid, formerly attached to a sleeve of pewter over the handle, fragments of which remain. Lids of this sort, usually called covers, are quite commonly mentioned in Exeter's Tudor inventories. Whilst the cheaper ones were of pewter or tin, more costly ones were of silver, the most prized being gilt in imitation of goldwork.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum Exeter Archaeology

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