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Triple-Reeded Charger 

English, 1680-1700

By John Greenbank II, Worcester. Mark IG between pellets alongside pseudo hallmarks. Owner's initials SP stamped on rim, later marriage triad STM engraved on back.Touch mark (almost illegible) Six generations of Greenbanks made pewter in Worcester: John II was a city alderman from 1683, d. 1700. An identical charger, but only 16-5/8" in diam, is in the Colonial Williamsburg collection.


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"Tappit Hen" Three-Pint Measure 

Scotland, mid-18th c.

A larger example of the form. No maker's touch mark, but initials and quality/inspection marks on the rim. An attractive shelf piece at an attractive price.


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Child's or Chocolate Spoon 

Germanic., 1675-1725

Angel high quality mark, with maker's initials "HRZ" (?) and quality grade 90. Often these small spoons were used in drinking hot chocolate, which needed frequent stirring.


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Pewter Salt Box 

Dutch, 1700-1720

Take it with a pinch of salt! Salt was so valuable then that soldiers were often paid with it -- hence the word "salary." Here is a heavy gauge mural salt box with hinged lid. The box is decorated with two bands of engraved lines, and the initials M.R., U.R. and C.W.M. Provenance: Marshall Field to Colonial Williamsburg to F&F. Accompanying label calls it "a magnificent specimen, a collector's prize."


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Early Pewter Measure 

Scottish, 1690-1710

Pot-bellied body standing on tall "capstan" foot. Marked: "NR" (maker) and two faux silver marks of leopard's head erased (used on silver 1687-1720) and rooster. Cotterell calls this form "extremely rare." (p.116b.) Marks recorded but not identified in Markham, (p.166.)


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