Wash Basin, Ironstone, S.S. Central America [159102]

Currency:USD Category:Artifacts / Shipwreck Artifacts Start Price:125.00 USD Estimated At:250.00 - 0.00 USD
Wash Basin, Ironstone, S.S. Central America [159102]
1,150.00USD+ (230.00) buyer's premium + applicable fees & taxes.
This item SOLD at 2022 Dec 03 @ 12:27UTC-8 : PST/AKDT
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Ivory-colored, ironstone ceramic wash basin recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. It is 13.5 inches in diameter, point-to-point across the 12-sided rim, and 4-3/4 inches tall. The base is 6-5/8 inches in diameter, small chip on one edge. There is an Eagle with three arrows hallmark on the bottom, but no other markings other than "Ironstone China" in flowing ribbons beneath the bird. The surface is generally bright, with a number of surface "dings", as if falling debris hit the glazed surface. Crack on one side that does not penetrate the entire basin. These basins sat in a wood shelf with a hole on the top, so that the basin was accessible, but stable at sea. It is postulated that some of these brighter pieces may have been purchased in 1857 to replace broken basins. There are a few billheads for New York ceramic dealers found in the purser's safe, probably from purchases made before the voyage departed from New York.

Date: 1857
Country (if not USA):
Provenance: SS Central America Collection