PART I : a basic guide to forms & functions based on finds collected on the foreshore I have mostly visited the City’s foreshore (Trig Lane, Canon Street, Bankside…) and a few sites like Wapping and Putney.
After 3 years wandering about on a regular basis, I came across a large variety of forms and functions of pottery finds.
It is likely from a plate or dish, and my guess is that it would have been typical of the London’s delftware industry.
I – SERVING VESSELS FOR FOOD So past Londoners chucked their broken or unwanted bowls, dishes and plates just like us.
Amusingly I found quite a few on the foreshore, sometimes on the same spot.
It is sometimes difficult to identify the ceramic function, former form and period, especially because it is not found during an archaeology dig where the historical context of the area is known, and pottery finds are often badly broken and eroded.
However, based on some observations and a keen eye for detail, identification can be made.