What does the word delf mean?

Usage examples for delf

  1. Below those twin emblems of war and cookery were four shelves, containing plates of pewter and delf, and terminating, centaur- like, in a sort of dresser. – Paul Clifford, Volume 1. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  2. I'm sure we had before our eyes at different times every bit of china, delf, glass, and plate in the establishment. – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  3. I am not about to enter upon the question which so much agitates speculative writers upon the wealth of nations, or attempt to discuss what proportion of the precious metals ought to be detained within a country; what are the best means of keeping it there; or to what extent the want of specie can be supplied by paper credit: I will not ask if a poor man can be made a rich one, by compelling him to buy a service of plate, instead of the delf ware which served his turn. – Political Pamphlets by George Saintsbury