David G. Orr
Samuel Malkin in Philidelphia: A remarkable Slipware Assemblage

Ceramics in America 2003

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  • Figure 1
    Figure 1

    A group of hollow ware vessels, Staffordshire, 1720–1740. Slipware. (All objects courtesy, State Museum of Pennsylvania; photos, Gavin Ashworth.) A grouping of some of the ceramics recovered from the Market Street excavations. The candlestick fragment in the center is the only object not recovered from the well.

  • Figure 2
    Figure 2

    Double and single-handled cups, Staffordshire, 1720–1740. Slipware. These large drinking vessels were recovered from the Market Street well.

  • Figure 3
    Figure 3

    Two chamber pots, center and right, and a posset pot, left, Staffordshire, 1720–1740. Slipware. Posset pot H. 5 3/4".

  • Figure 4
    Figure 4

    Large cup, Staffordshire, 1720–1740. Slipware. H. 4". A striking slipware cup decorated on the exterior with brown slip below the rim, and in reverse on the bowl.

  • Figure 5
    Figure 5

    Dishes, Samuel Malkin, Burslem, Staffordshire, 1720–1740. Slipware. D. 6". These molded dishes are simply embellished with brown slip dots. They are sooted on the exterior, indicating they were used as cookware.

  • Figure 6
    Figure 6

    Detail of “S M” initials from a dish illustrated in fig. 5.

  • Figure 7
    Figure 7

    Sunface dish, probably Samuel Malkin, Burslem, Staffordshire, 1720–1740. Slipware. D. 11 1/8". The sooted exterior of this dish evidences its use in the oven

  • Figure 8
    Figure 8

    Sunface dish, probably Samuel Malkin, Burslem, Staffordshire, 1720–1740. Slipware. D. 7 1/2". This dish displays no evidence of oven use.

  • Figure 9
    Figure 9

    Fragments of other sunface dishes. Probably Burslem, Staffordshire, ca. 1720–1740. Slipware. These fragments, also from the Market Street well, are from sunface dishes most likely made by Samuel Malkin.