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Mineral Water Bottle: C.2057-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Mineral Water Bottle


Production: Unidentified Westerwald pottery (Probably)




Grey salt-glazed stoneware painted in blue with a P on the shoulder and a broad band round the neck

Grey stoneware, thrown ovoid body with concave base thumbed around its edge, and an applied broad strap handle with four small holes on its outer face, and a finger impression on its lower junction with the body, painted in blue, and salt-glazed. A large P is painted in blue on the shoulder, and a broad horizontal band encircles the neck and runs over the top of the handle. The salt-glaze has an obvious 'orange peel' appearance.


History note: Bought in Cambridge in 1895 by Mr Freeman; bought at Mr Freeman's sale in Cambridge in 1904 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 12.3 cm
Height: 24 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late-18th Century, Early#
Circa 1675 - 1750


Mineral water bottles or flasks were made from the second half of the 17th century. Many examples have a P on the shoulder, the meaning of which has not been explained..

Components of the work

Decoration composed of smalt ( made with cobalt)
Surface composed of salt-glaze
Base Diameter 7.2 cm

Materials used in production

grey Stoneware

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: P
  • Location: On shoulder opposite to the handle
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2057-1928
Primary reference Number: 76587
Old object number: 1934
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 April 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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