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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
Plate used in Harry Potter Films

ENQUIRY

Dear sir/madam,

I am a collector of movie memorabilia specializing in the Harry Potter movies. Lately I've been researching into the tableware from the Hogwarts Great Hall tables (the screen-used props are currently held and displayed at the Warner Brothers Studio Tour in London). I was able to identify the origin and maker of the drinking goblet and the cutlery, but not that of the dishes/chargers, so i thought i might apply for the help of the pewter society in order to find them. i am attaching some pictures. I believe the gold rim has been added by the production, so the original pieces most probably didn't have it. Unfortunately no trademark is featured on the visible side. 

Looking foreward to your response,

Answer from the enquiry team

This appears to be a most interesting cast pewter plate with added gold rim but far too recent for our aged records  to be able to be of any assistance identifying the pewterer as we are mainly concerned with antique wares over one hundred years old. One of our researchers has found that the plates were made by A E Williams in Birmingham , who also do a range of Harry Potter items .

 

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.

Gaydon Church Bowl

Enquiry

Dear Sir

I would be grateful if you would look at the enclosed photographs and give me an opinion on the likely date of this pewter  bowl. For your information it was found amongst the spoil and mud dredged up from a lake near to Gaydon, a village in Warwickshire, whose property it now is. I have heard a suggestion that it might be a baptism bowl, part of equipment used by priests to baptise very young children near to death. The diameter of the bowl is one foot.The height just over 3 inches. Any information would be much appreciated.

Gaydon Church Bowl Front

Answer from the enquiry team

 

This is a cast pewter plain dish/bowl with no apparent pewterers touch mark on the reverse but struck with the donors ungrammatical statement possibly as a useful collection plate or possibly a font liner for use in the local Church in Gaydon.   It has therefore not been possible to date it accurately but most possibly mid eighteenth century or even earlier. 

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

 

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

Pair of Sconces

ENQUIRY

 

Hi,

       I was wondering if anyone could help me with identifying pewter marks on a couple of items.  They are pewter plates made into sconces that were passed down from at least my great grandparents.  If particularly old, they may have been passed down from family that came from the Weymouth area in England in the 17th or 18th century.  They are scalloped edge pewter plates, about 10" in diameter, with candle sconces attached.  I am attaching pictures of the pieces overall, front and back, as well as pictures of partial pewter marks.  The marks seem to be the same mark on each plate, but a different partiality is visible on the different plates.  And the marks are badly worn.  Nevertheless, any assistance your Society could provide would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance for your reply.

Marks on the sconces

Answer from the enquiry team

 

This pair of wall sconces are made out of a pair of wavy edged five lobed cast pewter plates, one seemingly slightly larger than the other, with candle holders soldered on.  Such plates are more commonly found on the European Continent, particularly in the nineteenth century and the faint marks could well be those of two unidentified Continental pewterers.  The addition of the “London” labels and the word “England” struck over the top were most probably added by the British pewterer who adapted them in this way around 1910 (or later) when this wording was first brought into use by law in Britain.   

Rear of Sconces

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