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Some recent examples of requests for help from members of the public.

Broad rim plate

Enquiry

 

Hi!

I am a collector of antiques and recently bought a pewter plate which I expect to be English as there is the crowned rose marks. The plate is possibly from the 18th century. In addition there is an anchor mark which could be the makers mark. There is also a scratch mark of the letter B on the back. It would be very nice to have a validation of the marks from your society. The dish is app. 24 cm in diameter.

I live in Finland and we have a lot of English items in the market so this could be a possibility. Thank you a lot for the validation in advance!

Broad rim marks

Answer from the enquiry team

This is an early broad rim dish in fine condition bearing a faint anchor touch mark and quality crowned rose .  But there was a pewterer, some of whose details were derived from a will, named Humphrey Hyatt who was active from 1675-1704 and worked at Saint Michael Thames Street, London  whose touch had a letter “H” to the right of the bar of the anchor and also used such a quality mark. Both these areas are very faint here but possibly a mark I first thought was part of the floral decoration surrounding the anchor could be that letter “H” and there should be another “H” before the  bar which might appear when handled in the right light. The crowned rose is a 17th Century export mark on the best quality pewter from London.

 

The other “B” on the back is an informal ownership initial of a previous owner. 

Any information supplied represents an opinion based on the original information and/or images provided and whilst we believe that the information below to be sound, we cannot guarantee this as we have not inspected the item, and our knowledge of pewter and pewterers is constantly being updated by new research   It is for the sole use of the owner of the item(s) in question to advance his/her knowledge/and under the terms of the offer displayed on the Pewter Society website and any information given cannot be used in connection with the sale or offer for sale of any item about which the information is solicited. It is expressly forbidden for any mention of the Pewter Society or any of its named members to be used in connection with any such sale or offer for sale or in descriptive text. Please note we reserve the right to use your enquiry anonymously in our recent enquires section on the website

Broad Rim Owners mark
Pint Tankard

ENQUIRY

 

Hello!

 

Thanks so much for being a source of information on pewter! I haven't much knowledge of old pewter and wondered if the tankard I'm sending photos of is old or a newer production. I am attaching photos. It measures 4 1/8" tall, 3 3/4" wide at the base, and 3 3/8" across the top. 

Thanks in advance for your help!

Casting Lines inside Pint Tankard

Answer from the enquiry team

This at first sight appears to be a perfectly authentic straight sided one hundred and twenty year old British cast pewter pint public house drinking mug complete with faint Excise Marks and an inscription on the front.  But the overall grained appearance of the whole surface and the view inside the mug showing a split construction indicates that it has been very recently and cleverly cast in two halves from just such an original.  

Marks on Pint Tankard

Any information supplied represents an opinion based on the original information and/or images provided and whilst we believe that the information below to be sound, we cannot guarantee this as we have not inspected the item, and our knowledge of pewter and pewterers is constantly being updated by new research   It is for the sole use of the owner of the item(s) in question to advance his/her knowledge/and under the terms of the offer displayed on the Pewter Society website and any information given cannot be used in connection with the sale or offer for sale of any item about which the information is solicited. It is expressly forbidden for any mention of the Pewter Society or any of its named members to be used in connection with any such sale or offer for sale or in descriptive text. Please note we reserve the right to use your enquiry anonymously in our recent enquires section on the website

 

 

 We are pleased to have received your enquiry.  We welcome new members and if you think in the future that you would like to join our Society, full details can be found on our website.

Cast measure

Enquiry

Good Afternoon,

My wife’s parents recently passed away and they collected some antique pewter items. We were told they may even be from the revolutionary war time frame. 

Would you be able to tell us what this object is and what all the markings mean?  This is very foreign to us and have no idea what all the symbols and marking mean. 

 We have attached several pictures so you can see what the symbols are. 

 We greatly appreciate any information you can share. 

ER over 54 mark

Answer from the enquiry team

This is an Irish cast pewter baluster measure with various Excise Marks struck by the authorities when verifying the capacity to ensure the Irish publican was not giving short measure in the spirits he sold using it.   Some are unidentified but ‘ER over 54’ was struck in Chester County between 1901 -1910 and  (VG 5 over 103?) if correct, in the County of Lancashire in late Victorian times ie., 1878- 1901.    

 

 

VR Verification Mark

The assessment above/below is based on the best information available to us at present, but we cannot guarantee its accuracy as we have not inspected the item, and our knowledge of pewter and pewterers is constantly expanding.  It is for your personal information only and any information given cannot be used in connection with the sale or offer for sale of any item about which the information is solicited.

 Whilst our service is free, the database we used to answer your query costs us thousands of pounds a year to run.  If you would like to make a small donation towards this cost (preferably in pounds sterling), you can do so via PayPal to treasurer@pewtersociety.org.  We'll be very grateful!

We were pleased to receive your enquiry.  We welcome new members and if you would like to join our Society, full details can be found on our website: www.pewtersociety.org .  We post some enquiries anonymously in the "recent enquires" section of our website, and we hope you won't mind if we select yours for this.

Shaw and Fisher Teapot

ENQUIRY

 

 

Dear Pewter Society

 I have a J. Samuel Holloway & Highbury pewter (I think) teapot that I am researching.  I have found nothing on this pewterer, other than the Holloway & Highbury reference which I have located to London.  Can you help in this ID and time period?

Thanks from Anchorage, USA

Shaw and Fisher mark

Answer from the enquiry team

 

This is a Britannia metal teapot made by Shaw & Fisher Pewter, Sheffield, England who were founded in 1830.

This mark was used from 1872. They were succeeded by James Deakin & Sons in 1894 who may have continued to use the mark. Britannia metal is a lead free form of pewter and the centre of the BM trade was Sheffield.

J. Samuel Holloway & Highbury were the retailers.

I hope you enjoy your find

 

Any information supplied represents an opinion based on the original information and/or images provided and whilst we believe that the information below to be sound, we cannot guarantee this as we have not inspected the item, and our knowledge of pewter and pewterers is constantly being updated by new research   It is for the sole use of the owner of the item(s) in question to advance his/her knowledge/and under the terms of the offer displayed on the Pewter Society website and any information given cannot be used in connection with the sale or offer for sale of any item about which the information is solicited. It is expressly forbidden for any mention of the Pewter Society or any of its named members to be used in connection with any such sale or offer for sale or in descriptive text. Please note we reserve the right to use your enquiry anonymously in our recent enquires section on the website

Oval Plate

ENQUIRY

 

Hi,

     

I think this is pewter although it has been repaired many times. Any info or help about how old it is, it is marked London so that part of the puzzle is solved. 

Thank you for any help.

Marks on the plate

Answer from the enquiry team

 

This is a sturdy plain rimmed cast pewter oval dish bearing the ‘hallmarks’ of John Ingram of various addresses around Bewdley, Staffs who was active 1755-1799.  The four marks are 1) three griffins heads per chevron; 2) Fess shell; 3) Animals head lion and the missing one would have had the initials J.I. The ‘London’ label was used by many Provincial pewterers as possibly that was the source of the raw material as London was renowned for the best metal. 

 

We are pleased to have received your enquiry.  We welcome new members and if you think in the future that you would like to join our Society, full details can be found on our website:

Any information supplied represents an opinion based on the original information and/or images provided and whilst we believe that the information below to be sound, we cannot guarantee this as we have not inspected the item, and our knowledge of pewter and pewterers is constantly being updated by new research   It is for the sole use of the owner of the item(s) in question to advance his/her knowledge/and under the terms of the offer displayed on the Pewter Society website and any information given cannot be used in connection with the sale or offer for sale of any item about which the information is solicited. It is expressly forbidden for any mention of the Pewter Society or any of its named members to be used in connection with any such sale or offer for sale or in descriptive text. Please note we reserve the right to use your enquiry anonymously in our recent enquires section on the website