This odd little funnel is a recent addition to the collections at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab (Figure 1). It was discovered in the 1980s in a Baltimore privy (18BC66) filled in the second quarter of the 19th century. The shape of the rim, measuring 4.00” in diameter, suggested that it was meant to fit over another vessel. I speculated that it might have been used in the kitchen for filling jars with foodstuffs like preserves. But then I found a match for this vessel, paired with a mug, in a circa 1830s English pottery pattern book (Figure 2). Since the funnel and mug were shown on the same page as a bedpan, I began to suspect the funnel had a different type of utilitarian function. A quick call to English ceramic specialist George L. Miller suggested that it was a spitting cup.