Plate fragment - fragment of creamware ceramic from Plate 2.
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Food & Drink Consumption Crockery plate
L134mm x W90mm
History and use
In 1790 HMS Pandora sailed from England in pursuit of the HMS Bounty and its mutineers. The Pandora was wrecked in 1791 on its return voyage while attempting to negotiate the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland. The wreck was discovered in 1977, and between 1983 and 1999 excavations conducted by Queensland Museum archaeologists and colleagues recovered many artefacts.
Royal patterncream ware, such as this, was in common use in middle class dining rooms of 18th century Britain. This fragment of plate is part of a creamware crockery dinner service used by the officers of the Pandora, and can be conjoined with other pieces numbered MA8546.2 – 8546.10, and 8551.6.