Pewter at Colonial Williamsburg
The collection of British pewter at Colonial Williamsburg is remarkable for its breadth and detail. It illustrates the development of basic forms and types of decoration from the first decades of the seventeenth century through those of the nineteenth, and includes a complementary admixture of American examples, which often exhibit readily identifiable regional and individual preferences. This catalog is divided into sections based on use, including dining wares, drinking vessels, and religious objects. This organization allows for the juxtaposition of related forms and for the appreciation of their chronologies and development.
The important Colonial Williamsburg collection that has been formed over the past seventy-five years. It highlights the many purposes pewter served in early American history, assisting in the transfer of culture from Europe and in the shaping of distinctive American attitudes and artifacts, and is also illustrative of the broad distribution of British wares, especially apparent in Virginia and the lower Chesapeake region, where there were relatively few practicing pewterers and where there was a decided dependence on imported pewter.
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A. H. Isher A. V. Sutherland-Graeme American Pewter baluster beaded circle bowl Britannia metal candlesticks center-bottom of base Chelten circle on underside Colonial Williamsburg Conn curved reserves decoration Diam English pewter engraved on face face of body face of cover face of handle face of rim flagons fleur-de-lis gadrooned handle DIMENSIONS Homer and Hall Indistinct touchmark interior center-bottom John Laughlin leopard's head lion passant London Touch Plate Maker unidentified England Old Pewter Owner's initials palm frond Peal pellets Percy E Pewter in America Pewter Marks Pewter Society plates and dishes porringers PROVENANCE Provincial Pewterers pseudo hallmarks Purchased from A. H. Purchased from Dr rim Cotterell rim DIMENSIONS Robert Bush Ronald F Sales cat secondary mark serrated rectangle shaped shield Sotheby's spoons stamped on face Tankard teapots thumb piece Touchmark underside of base underside of handle underside of rim vertical oval Western World Witney