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Randall House - Wolfville Historical Society


Accession number: 76.5.3
Date: 1830 – 1880
Materials: Ceramic
Measurements: 45 cm L x 34 cm W x 22.5 cm H
Narrative: First owner was Mrs. DeWolf, Jane Page Elderkin, widow of Joseph Elderkin of Parrsborro, and second wife of Thomas Leonard DeWolf who was the grandmother of the donor. It was secondly owned by Mr. and Mrs. J. Erwin Elderkin, parents of donor. Jane married Thomas L. in 1879 in Cumberland Co. She died after 1891. Donor estimates the age of the footbath to be around 150 years since her grandmother lived to be over 90 years old. Region of use: Port Greville, Cumberland Co. NS. The footbath is probably of English manufacture. Most blue and white earthenware is dinnerware and only rarely toilet ware. Floral patterns were more common after 1830 and from 1830 on patterns printed in flow blue became increasingly popular. Few manufacturers of bone china produced blue and white and fewer still were the makers of stone china and porcelain. Manufacturers included Grindley, Johnson Brothers, Alcock, Burgess and Leigh, Wedgwood and Davenport in England and in US Wheeling, Warwick and Mercer.

White ironstone footbath, rectangular in shape, with concave sides and square vertical handles on the narrow sides. Highly glazed white with cobalt blue floral design which appears blurred. Inner bottom four lily like flowers on long stems with long narrow leaves- same design growing from base up sides to rim. The same around inner rim but design is smaller. The rim itself has a curving design.