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Recent enquires

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

Enquiry

I was hoping you could help me in dating this large jug ,flagon , I bought it on Sunday at a carboot in Whitby, for the princely sum of 10 pounds my friends have an old house so I keep my eyes out for stuff when I’m working away from home , I tried to date it of the makers mark , there appears to be what is a date but weren’t sure , I can assure you I’m not a dealer , I’m a piling man working on the new mine outside of Whitby and the carboots keep me out of the pub.

 

Answer from the enquiry team

I am pleased to be able to tell you that this is an antique flagon from Esslingen which is south east of Stuttgart in Southern Germany. You can see the town mark on the handle above the pewterer’s touch mark. It was made by Johann Georg Dreher who married in 1713 so it dates from the first half of the 18th century. The initials on the front of the body are from previous owners. I think the triad ABM looks very like a marriage mark with B being the surname.

Great find!

We believe the information above to be sound but 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

Enquiry

I have this set of 8 plates in three sizes each and bowls that say Wilton Columbia on them. There are numerous marks on them as well. These are just a couple. Please tell me what it is that I have. It was given to me and I would like to know about them and their worth as well. Thank you so much; I have been looking on live to find info but haven’t done very well.

Answer from the enquiry team

These are a modern, twentieth century set of dinner wares made of RWP Wilton “Armetale”  similar to pewter in colour but of an aluminium alloy.  Made by the Wilton Company of Pennsylvania probably after 1963 when the trade name first came into use. 

We believe the information above to be sound but 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

Enquiry

 

I've recently been given this art nouveau vase by my parents in law. I'm presuming its made of pewter, but can find no trace of the marks on any identification site.

I'd love to find out something of its history and would be very grateful for any information you could give me,

 

Answer from the enquiry team

 

This fine vase is electro-plated Britannia Metal but the pewterer has not struck his mark.  The letters “B crown G” are probably the plater Boardman and Glossop of Sheffield, who were active from 1861-1927 although this version of their mark has not been recorded.