|Description: A pitcher with a buff coloured earthenware body with a pouring spout and handle. The interior and exterior is covered with a buff coloured slip. The exterior is decorated with a dark brown slip in a chequered pattern. The chequered pattern is bordered by two plain stripes of dark brown slip. It is also raised and the bands are incised in the body. Most of the pitcher is clear or lead glazed. The base is not glazed or covered with a slip.
History: The pitcher is probably from England. Most earthenware produced in Ontario was usually glazed, a glass-like coating that made the pottery less porous, easier to clean, and more attractive. Basic ingredients included silicates, borates, and a flux. The exact glaze mixture depended on the source of the components, the clay body of the pottery, and the firing temperature. See: David L. Newlands "Early Ontario Potters: Their Craft and Trade" (Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd.), 16.