An 18th-Century Treasure Trove
In 1984, an excavator operator, preparing ground for a new office tower in downtown Halifax, scooped up a remarkable jumble of 18th-century urban life. Dishes, wine bottles, table glass, tableware, tools, musket balls, toys, fishing gear, harness and dress buckles, wig curlers, keys – more than 25,000 artifacts were eventually recovered, all of them broken or in disrepair.
This stemware fragment, missing its drawn trumpet bowl, comes from a glass that was typically used at finer table settings in Halifax – maybe even at the nearby Great Pontack Inn. The brown discoloration you see occurred naturally after the glass was tossed away and buried for more than 200 years.
partial drinking glass, stemmed
mid 18th century, British colonial
8 cm in height; 6 cm diameter at base