|Type Name:||PEARLWARE, PLAIN|
|Type Index:||REFINED EARTHENWARE|
White to light cream-colored, thin, hard, compact paste.
White to faint bluish white clear lead glaze, caused by the addition of cobalt to the glaze.
Bluish cast where glaze pools.
|Comments:||Undecorated pearlware vessels were considerably less common than decorated varieties, and many archaeologically-recovered sherds without decoration were undoubtedly fragments from decorated wares. The paste of pearlware produced after 1810 was heavier and whiter than earlier examples, and had a harder lead glaze, varying in color from almost clear to deeply bluish tinted.|
|Published Definitions:||Noel Hume, 1969, South 1977, Miller 1991, Sussman 2000a|