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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 plate 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


c. 1721-1773



  • Manufactured - England




Overall: 5/8 in. x 8 7/8 in. x 8 7/8 in. (1.6 cm x 22.56 cm x 22.56 cm)


Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Fields, 1999


On the underside of the well, near the center are three marks: Touchmark of the golden fleece framed by "Samuel" and "Ellis" within outlined curved reserves above and below and flowers to either side, all within a vertical oval; touchmark with the name "S: Ellis/London" in an outlined curved reserve with a pendant shell and S-scrolls below; quality mark of crowned Tudor rose flanked by palm fronds and the word "London" within an outlined curved reserve above it, all within a vertical oval.

On the underside of the well, near the bottom are four pseudo-hallmarks in a line, each within separate shaped shields: golden fleece with two pellets above and below; lion's head erased; Britannia within a rectangle; the initials "SE" with two pellets above and one below.

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