As I stepped down to the Thames intense sun lit up the foreshore rubble, almost blinding me. It seemed the sun hadn't been there for months. It was meant to be a low tide, but it didn't look as though it was going to go out that far today, maybe all the rain is to blame?
Find of the day is a first for me, a glass seal, I suspect from a wine bottle. A similar one on the Portable Antiquities Database is dated between 1650 - 1750 and was found in Southwark London, not far from where I found my one. Both seem to be painted gold, their irregularity shouting handmade.Three letters I, S and E surround what looks like a Tudor rose. It's good to find something completely new.
|Mudlarking Find: Glass Seal 17th - 19th Century|
From the 18th Century some pipe makers advertised their brand by using moulds which imprinted their business signature on the foot of their pipes. On this trip I found one with 'W' on one side and 'I' on the other and another with 'P' and 'S'. Unfortunately I haven't been able to trace either of these to specific pipe makers.
|Mudlarking Finds: Clay Pipes 'feet' with lettering|
|Mudlarking Find: Base of a 17th Century Drug Jar|
|London Delft Drug Jar 1650 - 1700 (Christies)|
I couldn't resist two rather magnificent chunks of course pottery probably from the 16th century.
The first is a pot rim and boasts a very common thumbed decoration. I usually pass these by but this time the rim piece has a return, perhaps the top of a large bellied pot. The inside is coated with a thick dark deep green glaze.
|Mudlarking Find: Thumbed redware rim|
It was the thick yellow glaze and a thumbed end of a handle that prompted me to sweep up the second shard. Is it from a large jug? On examining it more closely at home I noticed a line of stamped decoration ending at the top left of the handle base.
|Mudlarking Find: Redware with yellow glaze|