Pottery Shard


Shattered Dreams

I found this shard of pottery out in the south field. PB, one of our sows, may have dug it up when she was building her house of stones. She is the only pig in that area as she just farrowed there and that paddock has been empty since last year.
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This shard isn’t of indian origin or anything like that based on the white glaze on the inside. Probably not even from the settlers but rather from the 1800’s or 1900’s. Perhaps someone with more expertise in pottery can hazard a guess.

There are a lot of found objects to puzzle over. While our area didn’t have indian settlements according to a forester I spoke with we have had farms here for about 236 years. I once found a boot out in the field. Fortunately nobody was inside it.

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3 Responses to Pottery Shard

  1. Nance says:

    236 years. of settlement. Wow! here in Iowa we are celebrating like 160 years’ centennials. I was hoping you were holding Indian pottery in that pic. How big is the shard? I am picking up pieces out of a ditch in Missouri. (Some like 8 X 10″ inches — I have another half pot to go, I think.) Red pottery with a design on the outside. I’ll have to go look at the inside again. That boot you found — was it a modern day boot? or an old boot? I found an old shoe sole in that ditch in Mo. Have always wondered, did they keep the other shoe . . . just in case?

    • This shard is about 4″ long on it’s greatest dimension. It is from the bottom of the pot along the edge, red glazed on the outside, white on the inside and no glaze on the outside bottom. There isn’t any design to it, just the shiny (glassy) glazes. Perhaps someone who knows archeology and pottery can date it. It is probably from before 1970, definitely from before 1989. I’m pretty sure this isn’t Native American pottery but more likely from the 1800’s or 1900’s. However, I’m no expert so I can’t date it more than that.

      The boot was probably from the early 1900’s, I’m guessing. Definitely not industrial. It was all leather. Not even metal lace eyes. There were nails in the sole. While the design looked old I don’t think the boot would be more than a hundred years old because I would think the leather would have rotted away since it was in the ground. It was in sandy gravel, fairly dry.

  2. Cary says:

    Hard to tell from the photo but I’m guessing hand made rather than factory made so it’s probably 1800s. I’m no expert but based on the colors 1820 to 1880. It looks functional rather than decorative and by the late 1800s people were just as concerned with appearance as they were function. It’s not impossible it’s much older. My one issue that contradicts what I just said is edges look freshly broken and it seems hard to believe it’s spent a 150 or more years in the ground. It should have picked up more soil color, it’s earthenware which is pretty porous. It could be a reproduction pot that got broken. It definitely looks utilitarian so I say either it’s a modern copy or it’s quite old. The fact that it’s glazed is another reason I say 1800s. Glazing goes back thousands of years but it adds expense and a lot of farmhouse stuff from 1700s and back would have been unglazed unless it was something like a soup bowl that was meant to hold liquids. The glazing looks quite thin which is another reason I say old. Modern glazes tend to be quite thick. Like I say glaze would have added expense so it was likely a thin wash just meant to seal more so than make it shiny and pretty.

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