Material and Medium: Ceramic
Dimensions: Height 148mm, width 377mm
Place Object Found:
Accession Number: 1971.23
This unusual looking piece of pottery is a Dutch oven. It was found during excavations at Sheffield Manor in 1970. Sheffield Manor started as a small hunting lodge in a Medieval deer park. By the 16th century a large house had been built. The house was abandoned and the land reused from the 18th century.
A Dutch oven is used to reheat food. It was placed in front of the fire and the food for reheating was placed inside. As it is an open pot, food would reheat without boiling and ruining.
The oven has been reconstructed from fragments, only the base is complete. The inscription on the base links the object directly to the 18th century potter John Fox whose pottery was on the site of the Manor. The date 1715 and the initials of John and his wife Elizabeth are inscribed on the bottom.
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