I'm an upstart woodworker and founder of the woodworking guild for my
sub-division. Presently, I've constructed several projects that have
received recognition. I've learned from and even "stole" ideas from
several folks associated with this site, thank you all. My point, I
drink both cold and hot beverages from the same period ceremic mug.
Was it made 500 years ago, no. Is it a mug and made from the same
period material?, yes. As a woodworker, I can appreciate why anyone
would want to go through the time and expense to replicate a period
drinking vessel, but, why dwell upon it? Can't the beeswax be better
used as a period finish for a period chest?