Sherds normally have a pink (10R 5/8), orange (2.5YR 6/8–5/8) or brown (5YR 5/6) break, with grey (5/0, 5Y 7/2), pink (10R 5/6) or red (10R 4/6) core, sometimes with margins in the same colours as those already described. The slip is consistently red to red-brown (10R 5/8–4/8, 10R 4/6, 2.5YR 5/6) or occasionally brown (5YR 3/2–3/3), sometimes with white (10YR 8/1) painted decoration. Generally the fabric is hard with smooth surfaces, unless heavily abraded. A range of flagons, beakers, bowls and mortaria with stamped, rouletted and painted decoration are illustrated by Young (1977, 123–84).
This fabric can be difficult to distinguish from Hadham Oxidised ware, particularly when abraded. Where the surface is maintained it is easier to distinguish between fine ware products, for in contrast to Oxford, Hadham are heavily burnished. Furthermore, white painted decoration appears to be restricted to the Oxford industry.
When abraded the fabric is soft and obviously micaceous; however, there are also hard examples with well preserved surface slip where the mica is not obvious.
Department of Prehistoric & Romano-British Antiquities, The British Museum; Museum of London; Oxford Archaeological Unit