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Strainer: C.504-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Probably Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Production)


White stoneware, pierced, painted in dark brown and yellowish-brown, and salt-glazed. The pear-shaped vessel has a slightly projecting rim at the top. The sides are pierced by six horizontal rows of small holes, separated by horizontal bands of dark brown with pale yellow between them.. The convex base is entirely covered by four concentric circles of small holes. Round the top below the rim are the incised script initials and date ' R J H 1745'.


History note: Mr Rathbone, Alfred Place West, Kensington, from whom purchased for £10 on 23 November 1914 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter (max): 7.4 cm
Height: 8.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Mid 18th Century
George II
Production date: dated AD 1745


The function of this unusual object is uncertain. It was identified as strainer in Rackham's 1935 'Catalogue of the Glaisher Collection', but it might also have been a sprinkler or a fumigation device.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( dark brown) Surface composed of salt-glaze Sides

Materials used in production

off-white Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Throwing (pottery technique) : Off-white stoneware, pierced, painted in dark brown and pale yellow, and salt-glazed

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: script letters

  • Text: RJH 1745
  • Location: Round neck
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.504-1928
Primary reference Number: 75329
Old object number: 3705
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 23 November 2021 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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