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Pewter English 18th century plates THREE one with London touch marks

Pewter English 18th century plates THREE one with London touch marks

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Pewter: Pre 1800: Item # 1430726
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Offered together as one lot, THREE pewter antique plates: one 8" diameter, bearing touch marks of London pewterer Samuel Ellis (1721-1773) and cursive initials "M P"; one, 8" diameter, no touch marks but antique initials, a primitive "P G" cut into the surface on bottom (and, considerably heavier than the other plates); finally, a plate of 9 1/4" diameter, no markings. The larger one appears polished and has pitting and significant dents, the others in somewhat better condition but also with cut marks, some dents, pits, etc.; the Samuel Ellis one probably polished at some point. I am a fine art dealer so pewter is not my specialty but from net research I have determined the Samuel Ellis maker of the one piece. He was a major London pewterer who served the export trade to colonial America in the early/mid 18th century. His mark was used as late as 1798 by Thomas Swanson and then John Fasson & Son. All three are survivors of time and they bear witness to that passage of time. From what I see online, the larger dimensions were favored on plates used in England while the 8" diameter was more favored in the colonies. It is a fascinating exercise to try to imagine the tables on which these once sat, and the people who ate from them---what they looked like, where they were, what they discussed. The people are long gone but the plates survive to the 21st century.