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Mug, ca. 1760
Myer Myers
(American, 1723–95)
New York, New York
Lent by the Chipstone Foundation, 1963.34
PRICE TAG: £4 (about $245 today)

Mug, ca. 1760
Staffordshire, England
Lent by the Chipstone Foundation 1963.29
PRICE TAG: 2 s (about $10 today)
Coffee Pot, 1755–65
Staffordshire, England
Earthenware with gilt decoration (blackware) Lent by the Chipstone Foundation 2005.9.1
Price Tag: Limited Edition
The black and gold coffeepot, decorated to look like Japanese lacquerware, was made of slightly cheaper red clay than the “tortoise-shell” cream-colored example on the right. Both pots needed two kiln firings—one to harden the body and another to vitrify the glaze. The blackware coffeepot required another firing to adhere the intricate, hand-painted gilt decoration. This additional procedure, along with the higher cost of gold leaf decoration, limited the number of coffeepots decorated like this rare example.

Coffee Pot, ca. 1765
Staffordshire, England
Earthenware (creamware)
Lent by the Chipstone Foundation 2000.2
Price Tag: Limited Edition

Posset Pot, 1680–1700
London, England
Tin-Glazed Earthenware
Lent by the Chipstone Foundation 1992.21
PRICE TAG: 2 s 6 d (about $16.68 today)

The colorful posset pot cost 20% more than the plain white version. This extra sixpence covered the price of the three different metallic oxides used to create the blue, green and yellow spots. White tin-glaze appealed to buyers for its similarity to pure white Chinese porcelain. The plain and spotted versions sold in large numbers in London and English settlements abroad.

Posset Pot, 1650–70
London, England
Tin-Glazed Earthenware
Lent by the Chipstone Foundation 1992.20
PRICE TAG: 2 s (about $13.30 today)

Mug, ca. 1790
Possibly William Bancks
London, England
Lent by the Chipstone Foundation 1996.78
Mug, 1790–1850
Lent by a private collection
Pewter was a common, mid-range tableware in early America. It could be polished to resemble silver but cost a fraction of the price. An alloy of tin and copper, pewter was easy to cast into useful and stylish forms. However, wares made of this soft metal gradually wore out from daily wear and tear. Owners often returned their old pewter to be melted and re-cast. Copper offered another less expensive alternative to silver.