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The attractive reflective surface, durability, and affordability of pewter tablewares made them a mainstay in middling and upper class households throughout the eighteenth century. This dish is one of an extensive set of pewter owned by the Hopper family of Bergen County, New Jersey. During the Revolutionary War, George Washington frequently made his headquarters at the Andrew Hopper home, which was situated on a critical route from New York to Pennsylvania. In addition to providing shelter and meeting space to Washington and his staff, the Hopper family may have also served them meals on this pewter service, likely the most elegant goods at their disposal. More

Date

c. 1760-1790


People


Geography

  • Manufactured - England

Material/Technique

Pewter


Dimensions

Overall: 1 3/16 in. x 13 3/8 in. x 13 3/8 in. (3.02 cm x 33.97 cm x 33.97 cm)


Credit

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Fields, 1998


Marks

On the underside of the well are three marks: Touchmark with the name "R[obert]/ Porteous" surrounding an ostrich within a circle; quality mark of crowned Tudor rose within a circle surrounded by the words "M[ade] In/ L[ondon]"; secondary mark with the words "[Grace Church]/ Stree[t Lond]on" enclosed in a rectangular cartouche with foliate scrolls.


Object Number

W-3945/6


Colors


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