Ware of the Week

Stamped

Manufacture date: post 1845

Vessels: Tableware and teaware

Stamped teacup

A stamped teacup using a cut sponge from the Borsch site, a mid-nineteenth century site in Kitchener-Waterloo

This decoration is created by dabbing colour onto the vessel with a cut sponge or root vegetable. Designs included stars, diamonds, scrolls and daggers, flowers, various geometric shapes, eagles and other animals.

From around 1845, it became common to see painted wares in which at least part of the motif was applied with a color-filled cut sponge, which saved labour.

Many examples were made in Scotland.