Small biscuit fired yellow ware
mustard pot, with lid and handle
missing. 19th century.
The shards pictured above and below were photographed by Peter Yates of the Sharpe's Pottery Trust. They were found during the repair and conversion of the buildings, which took place in stages between 1999 and 2002.
Most of the yellow ware shards were found under the floor of the last surviving old bottle kiln building. They had been used as hardcore to level the floor when the kiln was taken out in the 19th century.
After the shards were recovered, they needed to be washed and sorted.
The most interesting shard found on the site was the yellow mocha ware teapot body shown in this picture. The mocha decoration looks like trees in this example. Sharpe's exported large quantities of yellow mocha ware to the USA in the mid 19th century. The little jug to the right of the teapot is a cream jug with a brown "Rockingham" glaze, so named after the Rockingham works in Yorkshire.
Typical shards of yellow "mocha ware", with characteristic blue mocha decoration on a white background. In this example, the decoration resembles seaweed, but sometimes it resembles moss or trees. It is thought that child labour was used to decorate the pots.
Part of a promotional ashtray made to advertise the Rosehill Pottery at Woodville, which was taken over by Sharpe's in the early 20th century.
Pottery pieces found
on a beach in
08 March 2005
after a storm
Backstamp on one of the pottery pieces
found on Fenwick Island beach
Delaware in March 2005.
The following emails were received and answered in full by Philip Heath, Heritage Officer:
"Sharpes pieces Found in DE, USA
After going through your site I have now confirmed that yesterday after a northeast storm hit our beach here in Delaware, USA, I found 2 pieces of your old yellow pottery. Both pieces are pretty large, and stamped. Can you please tell me more about this if possible? They look like maybe old plate pieces and are a beautiful light yellow. One is the size of my hand the other half the size.
I just love collecting things off the beach and would love to know how these pieces may have got here, ie; shipwreck, imported to US, or what?
Thanks again, and I love your site and hope to visit the Sharpes plant one day."
Name and address supplied. Fenwick Island, Delaware, USA. 09 March 2005.
Surface shard of yellow ware found
on the island of Hawai'i, 2006
in a homestead area
occupied 1840s to 1950s.
Photograph on the right:
Stamp on the yellow ware shard found Hawai'i Mar 2006.
Surface shard of yellow ware found on the island of Hawai'i
"I am an archaeologist working on the island of Hawai'i. One of our recent surveys of a historic homestead (occupied from the 1840s to probably around the 1950s) yielded a surface shard of yellow ware impressed with the maker's mark, "WARRANTED SHARPE (the last word was unreadable)." I gather that the piece originated from Sharpe Pottery in South Derbyshire. Do you have any information as to when this style of maker's mark was in use? I would greatly appreciate any assistance you could give me.
Aloha, Rowland B Reeve, Archaeologist, Pacific Legacy Inc., 900 Kumukoa Street, Hilo, Hawaii, 96720. Phone: (808) 351-9560."
Another interesting link for you: The Medieval Pottery Research Group
A quirky close-up
A teapot intended for two - now a statistic that could pass for modern art!
Read more about it here or click the photograph on the right.