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Recent enquires

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

Alderson Pint Mug

Enquiry

I’ve just gained a pewter tankard, I was hoping you may be able to help with the markings? It is a bit bashed up with a broken handle, but it’s fascinating! Stands about 6.5 inches high.

Answer from the enquiry team

This is a good, early nineteenth century ‘tulip’ cast pewter pub drinking mug with a “C” handle and thumb piece, mid body decorative fillet and excise marks indicating it has given good service having travelled around the country possibly with different landlords over many years. It might just be pre-Imperial pint size of 20 fl. ozs to the pint ie made before 1826.The “ WR crowned “ mark is an Excise Mark, struck by the authorities each time it was verified for correct capacity to ensure the landlord was not giving short measure and struck in the reign of William IV , 1830-1837 or very early in the reign of Queen Victoria. The “YNR over G” indicates North Riding of Yorkshire and the portcullis London both later but pre 1878. The “hallmarks” are by the pewterer George Alderson of Carnaby Street in London who became Sir George Alderson in 1817 being Sheriff of London, they normally marked mugs with 3 lions for half a pint and 4 lions for a pint . He died in 1826 but it may have been made by his successor Thomas Alderson who made the coronation banquet for George IV.   If restored it will have a fair amount of lead in the alloy and might not be suitable for drinking due to the lead content in the alloy.   The scratched name “A.Williams” on the base is the informal ownership mark of a previous owner.

 

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

German Flagon

Enquiry

I recently acquired a pewter stein, has the date 1828 inscribed on the lid and what I assume are pewterer marks inside the lid. I was hoping you could help with identifying the three marks. I live in the United States.

Answer from the enquiry team

This was made by Johann Wilhelm Scheuckert working in Dresden in the early 19th century. He was a master in 1821 and your piece carries his touch mark. The date 1703 will relate to the foundation of his Guild. There is also the town mark of Dresden with the towers and a quality mark. So the inscription on the lid ties in well with these dates.

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 .  The letters B & G Imperial are a German metalware company ,run by Peter Bitter and his associate Kaufmann Wilhelm Gobbers  which was formed in 1900 and operated until 1910.

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.