From the Wikipedia:Delftware
Delftware, or Delft pottery, or Dutch Delftware, was a type of pottery made in and around Delft in the Netherlands, useing metal oxide glazes made in the Netherlands from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries.. The name is often associated with a blue-on-white pottery created with the use of a tin-oxide based glaze.
Delftware was made in a wide variety of objects, including in particular, plates, ornaments and tiles. Much of the finer work was produced in city of Delft, but simple everyday tin-glazed pottery was made in places such as Gouda, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Dordrecht.
- In seventeenth century Virginia the delftware of Holland and the maiolica of Portugal was well in evidence, but by the end of the century the English delft trade had cornered the market. Consequently, it is extremely unusual for any tin-enameled earthenwares other than those from England to be found on eighteenth century Virginia sites. Source:Hume, 1963.
Delftware shows up in estate inventories of late 18th century Virginia and Tennessee. The 1799 estate inventory of person:Andrew Cowan (5), in Jefferson County, TN, included, in addition to the typical farm and household equipment and furnishing:
- 4 delp [sic delft"?] plates,
- 1 set of tea ware delp [sic delft"?]