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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.


Pewter plate with shallow well; impressed decorative border around edge of obverse and reverse; hammered bouge.








Overall: 3/4 in. x 8 1/4 in. x 8 1/4 in. (1.91 cm x 20.96 cm x 20.96 cm)

Credit Line

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


On the underside of the well are two marks: Touchmark with the name "R[obert]/ Porteous" surrounding an ostrich within a circle; secondary mark with the words "[Grace] Church/ Street London" enclosed in a rectangular cartouche with foliate scrolls.

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