Remarkably over 20 percent of the artifacts recovered from the SS Republic were made of sturdy British ironstone manufactured in Staffordshire, England.
First introduced in the early 1800s, ironstone, a glazed earthenware of clay, iron slag and feldspar, was less costly than fine porcelains and had the added advantage of greater strength and durability. These attributes made it extremely popular in the “Colonies” and by mid-century a variety of products including chamber pots, water pitchers and tableware was being mass produced to supply the demands of the American market.
Although similar items may have been in the Republic’s staterooms, the underwater images of the wreck site show multiple ceramics in clusters on the seabed. This orientation would indicate that most of the pieces were probably cargo meant for New Orleans merchants as opposed to convenience items for the passengers.
The recovery of this impressive footbath that survived a hurricane and over 140 years on the sea floor is a testament to ironstone’s longevity. Simply white with no decoration it is striking in its simplicity with graceful sculpted handles on an oversized curved body. At over 19" in length and 9" tall this beautiful piece is one of the true treasures of the SS Republic.
SS Republic Ironstone Footbath
Footbath approximately 19" L x 14" W x 9" H
- Certificate of Authenticity
- Lost Gold of the Republic book
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