One of the very interesting pottery findings is a decorated piece of a so called Siegburg Schnelle found in the Breda area.

Siegburg was a town to the south east of Collogne. It was founded in the early middle ages and has a rich history. It is known for its distinctive pottery productions throughout the entire middle ages. 

One of these productions was the (Siegburg) "Schnelle", which was a beer tankard  decorated with mythological, legendary and holy figures. This type was produced around 1550-1590 and was of a high and costly standard only affordable to nobility or similar high class citizens.

The shard which i found has Hector of Troy ('Hector von Droi') depicted on it and is approximately dated from 1572. 

Interesting fact is that Hector of Troy was one of the "Nine Worthies" which during the middle ages were referred to as the personifications of ideals and chivalry.During our ages we would call them superheroes. 

The other "Nine Worthies" were King Arthur, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Charlemagne, Godfrey of Bouillon, Joshua, David and Judas Maccabeus.

Besides all kind of clay pipes one of the more really nice finding is this intact clay pipe figure which depicts a knight or king of old. It sometimes is amazing how detailed these (sometimes) centuries old pieces are!

Sometimes youre lucky to find a piece of Chinese porcelain on which you can still see small pieces of the original ornamental figures. On these small pieces above you can see a persons face to the left - maybe a geisha? The paint on this piece is very rough. It looks like its hand painted after the porcelain was made by bakery.

In the middle piece some characteristic trees are visible and to the right a well known drawing of a chinese dragon (head).

Shards of tableware sometimes display maker marks. This can be usefull for determining the age and/or origin of the particular piece. Above are visible:

*C.T. Altwasser (1909-1934) - Carl Tiesch, Silesia.

*EPIAG Czechoslovakia (1930), WILLE&CO amsterdam

*K&A Krautheim, Selb Bavaria (1930) (Krautheim & Adelberg)

*Societe Ceramique Maastricht - Made in Holland (Made in holland beneath marking = 1900-1957)

*MOSA Maastricht (5 bridge arches = 1940-1950)