Brill/Boarstall ware, Buckinghamshire
Early – mid 13th century AD
Slip Trail Wood Fired Baluster Jugs
Hannah McAndrew. 2012
Image by Colin J.Tennant.
1270 – 1340 AD
Doug Fitch Slipware Baluster Jug
Image by Jonathan Thompson
1300 – 1400 AD
Westerwald Rhenish Jug
Taz Pollard Baluster Jug
Fig.13: The baluster jug (1937, Fig24H,102)
Only one vessel has a capacity below 2L, the most popular size falling between 2-3L. Where the volume of two or more vessels are known within the same well groups — Wells 2 and 11 show vessels with a varied capacity, but Well 4 shows little variation in its three vessels and all derive from the same local Brill/Boarstall tradition and share the same mottle green glaze. Well 4, dated to late 13th/early 14th century, is sited behind what was originally Well Hall which transferred into the ownership of Osney Abbey c.1220 AD. It is possible that the communal dining table created a need for a more uniform jug size, although stronger evidence than this is needed to support such conjecture.
Clive Bowen Baluster Jugs