A Documentary Harvest Flagon from Rye.
A Documentary Harvest Flagon from Rye.
A Documentary Harvest Flagon from Rye.
A Documentary Harvest Flagon from Rye.

A Documentary Harvest Flagon from Rye.

1846 England

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A rare documentary harvest flagon from Rye in East Sussex inscribed Moses Roots, Rye Sept. 1846. Flagons such as this were used too quench the thirst of workers in the fields at harvest time with more everyday examples sometimes leased out for the day by the local hostelries. This particular example though is one of the most elaborate ever recorded and obviously had some commemorative meaning. There is another fairly similar example in the Hastings museum also with flattened sides although not quite so grand not having the green jewelling to the handle or the cream coloured piping and dated to the previous year 1845.
It has inscribed upon its side a rhyme impressed with printers type and filled with slip.
Steal not this bottle dishonest friend,
For fear the gallows should be your end,
But if you do may conscience say,
Take back that bottle you stole away.
Dimensions
Height 10.50 inch (26.67 cm)
Width 4.00 inch (10.16 cm)
Depth 7.00 inch (17.78 cm)
Medium
Earthenware
Signed/Inscribed
Inscribed 'Moses Roots, Rye Sept. 1846' Signed underneath Rye Pottery.
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