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Object ID # 1969.030.007
Object Name Spittoon
Title Rockingham-Style Spittoon
Lexicon category 2: Building Furnishings
Date Late 19th-century?
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description This is a brown-coloured, Rockingham-style, glazed ceramic spittoon (cuspidor). It has a ring of molded motifs that look like scalloped shells (clamshell pattern). Centrally, there is ridging that helps drain the phlegm and spittle down into the spittoon. There is also an intentional round hole at one side of the top area.
Provenance The pottery of origin is not known. It likely dates to the 1880s?

Used at "Bothwell's Manor", a 19th-century Victorian farm house owned by George Bothwell and located on the north side of Highway 26 near Hatton's Corners [in the former Sydenham Township Grey County]. This location is just east of Owen Sound, Grey County.
Passed down to Gordon and Viola Bothwell.
Collection Household Equipment, 19th-c Collection
Material Ceramic/Glaze
Found Sydenham Township (formerly), Municipality of Meaford, Grey County
People Bothwell, George
Bothwell, Viola
Bothwell, Gordon
Subjects Spittoons
Tobacco habit
Function Fancy spittoons like this were often parlour items, or household-used items. A spittoon
(cuspidor) was a receptacle to expectorate (spit) into.