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. 1770-1793


People


Geography

  • Manufactured - England

Material/Technique

Pewter


Dimensions

Overall: 1 in. x 12 5/16 in. x 12 5/16 in. (2.54 cm x 31.27 cm x 31.27 cm)


Credit

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


Marks

On the underside of the well, near the top are three marks: Touchmark of cipher "RB" with crest of a goat's head couped on a wreath bar above within an outlined vertical oval stamped twice on underside of well, on either side of the secondary mark "LONDON" displayed in a curved reserved with a fleur-de-lys drop.

On the underside of the well, in a line, are three pseudo hallmarks: "B&Co" within a rectangle with outlined and beaded upper and lower borders; Britannia within a rectangle; lion's head erased.


Object Number

W-3945/7


Colors


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