Shape Type: Miscellaneous

Pattern Type: Portraits

Date: 1783-1790

Dimensions:

  • Diameter: 8.70 in (22.10 cm)
  • Height: 3.98 in (10.10 cm)

Maker: Unknown

Description:

Creamware punchbowl, probably made in Staffordshire and printed in black in Liverpool. The interior is lightly overpainted in colors. The ship displays the flag of the United States of America. The four trophies around it represent fighting, exploration, sailing and fishing. 

Drinkers probably encouraged each other to stop the ship from 'running aground' by keeping the bowl full of punch for another drink. Punchbowls are sometimes painted with a fish in the bottom and the words "keep me swimming".

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