Dating pewter plates
In the early 20th century, the popularity of pewter was revived with the introduction of the Art Nouveau styles of Liberty's Tudric range.There are no hallmarks on pewter, although some pewter items have a touch mark, applied by a punch and which usually include the names or initials of the maker.The century culminated in the formation of The Society of Pewter Collectors in 1918, which is still operating today, under the name of the Pewter Society.Although ceramic tableware had largely replaced pewter by this time, tankards, mugs, beakers, candlesticks, measures and numerous small personal items were still being made, and were popular in the country. In churches it was used to make alms dishes, plates and sacramental vessels.They put their initials on it so it would be certain whose it was.The maker was proud enough of his work to endorse the front with his (false but traditional) Hall Marks (including his initials) and the back with his own personal touch marks.
For almost a hundred years thereafter it became the material for every day utensils and commodities.The appeal of pewter comes mainly from its good proportions and functional design.Items from the 17th and 18th centuries are obviously much rarer than those of the 19th century, which form the basis of most collections, and when collecting pewter became popular.Tallest height 24 cm Arts & Crafts pewter Ruskin heart butter dish and cover, by William Hutton & Sons, circa 1900 an Arts & Crafts pewter heart shaped butter dish and cover, by William Hutton & Sons, circa 1900 17 cm high,22 cm diameter A pewter plate, wooden pipe rack, two wooden shoe lasts, 19th century, a plain pewter plate of 1819-44 period, with a foldover rim to the reverse, marked with two 'X' marks centred with a touch mark for Cocks of London, Susannah Cocks, with four marks belo A Liberty & Co.Tudric pewter dish designed by Archibald Knox, circular with three handles, original green-glass line, cast in low relief with stylised honesty highlighted with blue/green enamel, some minor loss. Width 14.5 c An English Pewter dish and cover designed by Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co., c.1902-05, circular with Celtic entrelac decorated border, the shallow dish with peaked circular cover with asymmetrical handle; stamped 0293. [Ref: Archibald Show 1 more like this Antique 18th century pewter plate, impressed 'Botany Bay Bounty in Distress', with a later engraving of the Ship and sea monster, marked reverse London, Crowned x approx 22 cm dia, NB has been lacquered Show 1 more like this An antique pewter 'Sadware' plate, 18th century, with touchmarks Bv centred with an emblematic mark with letters MC, the sadware with a cast single reed rim with a shallow bouge to a flat dish; marked underside. Show 11 more like this Pewter plate, 19th century with 'Franklin' etched in the centre.