• Rifle Regiment arriving at Belle Point, 1817. Artwork by Michael Haynes

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

Ceramic Ink Bottle

detail on bottle bearing maker's mark
Collection FOSM
Ceramic Ink Bottle
 
19th century stone bottle found during an archeological excavation in near perfect condition

Ceramic Ink Bottle

Excavated near foundation of courthouse at 75" below surface on 4/21/97.

FOSM ACC# 236

This stoneware, made near Derby in England, has a smooth, highly vitrified fabric, which is gray in color. The interior of the ware is light brown to buff colored. The fine brown exterior color and surface appearance is a reaction of the clay and the salt glazing during the firing process.

The date range for this stoneware is 1800-1875+

Manufacturing information was impressed into the wet clay.

Vitreous Stone Bottle

J. Bourne & Son,

Patentees

Derby Pottery,

Near Derby

__________________

P.& J. Arnold

London

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Did You Know?

Interior of jail cell with box for prisoners to visit with their lawyers

The conditions at the federal jail at Fort Smith were so horrible that it received the nickname "Hell on the Border." Up to 50 men were crowded into one large cell with limited ventilation and poor sanitary conditions.