MAS-D100048: MAS-D100048; Kent; Cup; Image 4 of 4

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Unique ID: MAS-D100048

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Eleven teacups measuring 4 inches x 3 inches in size. The cups have a Chinese style design with a light grey colour pattern, and appear to be made of porcelain (although this has not been confirmed). Similar in decorative style to the bowls recorded as MAS-D100047, it is assumed that these teacups were made by either Charles Meigh of Hanley, Staffordshire (1835-49), the preceding company, J. Meigh and Son (c.1805-34), or the succeeding company, Charles Meigh and Son (1851-61) (Godden 1964, 428-429).


These items were found along with four milk jugs of a similar style (MAS-D100054) and were recovered from the wreck of Josephine Willis. Other items similar in style to the ceramic recorded here have also been recovered on different occasions from this wreck site (MAS-D100047, MAS-D100058 and MAS-D100059) along with other non-ceramic objects including candlesticks, a deadeye and three square portholes.

The Josephine Willis was a New Zealand sail and steam propelled packet ship built in c.1840. The ship was carrying 110 people on board bound for Auckland, comprising ten First class passengers, 60 steerage and 40 crew. It sank in 1856 following a collision with Mangerton with the loss of 69 lives. NRHE and Kent HER reference numbers cited in this record refer to the wreck of Josephine Willis.

Sub class: ROUNDED CUP

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: With finder
Subsequent action after recording: Submitted as wreck to the Receiver of Wreck

Wreck details

Droit number: 121/17


Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date to: Exactly AD 1856

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 11

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 4th June 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: A BB
Identified by: L M
Secondary identifier: V L

Other reference numbers

NRHE monument number: 1025695
Other reference: Kent HER Number: TR 22 NE 45
Droit ID: 121/17

Materials and construction

Primary material: Ceramic
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TR1830
Four figure Latitude: 51.0280097
Four figure longitude: 1.10748152
1:25K map: TR1830
1:10K map: TR13SE
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Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Diving
Discovery circumstances: Diving
Current location: With finder

References cited

Similar objects

Find number: MAS-D100054
Object type: JUG
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Object type: BOWL
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Find number: MAS-D100046
Object type: JAR
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Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: MAS
Created: Sunday 4th June 2017
Updated: Tuesday 26th September 2017

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