French porcelain tableware was a luxury item favored by Springfield’s social elite. Porcelain cost, on average, ten times more than British earthenware. In antebellum years most Parisian porcelain was unadorned except for a gold band around the rim.
Fragments of gold-banded porcelain recovered from the Edwards Place privy match a platter donated to the Springfield Art Association by the Edwards’ granddaughter. The privy excavation reunited two pieces of the same set that had been separated for 150 years.