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Flow Blue Plate
An early 19th century flow blue English stone china dish that was pieced back together from a number of shards. On the back of the dish is stamped: R. Hall's, Select Views, Warleigh House, Somersetshire, Stone China. The 8 1/2 inch wide dish was made in England and dates to about 1825. This dish was unearthed on 2017 during the excavation of a six foot deep 19th century household “dump” in this region that was filled with thousands upon thousands of beautiful, but broken early 19th century ceramic and glass shards. The “dump” was on the site of a large house built in 1824 and torn down in the early 1960s. The house underwent considerable renovation in the mid-19th century. During this renovation, the existing house pantry full of ceramic and glass ware was likely cleared out and thrown in the “dump.” Some ceramic and glass shards came into the institute’s collections during this initial excavation, but much was also taken out of the region to Portland, Maine and to North Dakota. The institute sought the return of what was removed from the area. All that went to the Portland area is now back in the institute’s collections. Nearly all (including this piece), with the exception of two pieces, that went to North Dakota is now back in the institute’s collections. In the summer of 2020, another excavation of the same household “dump” was undertaken and several hundred more ceramic and glass shards were found, some of which perfectly matched shards unearthed three years before. About 100 ceramic and glass pieces have been put back together, either entirely or nearly entirely.