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Pewter at Colonial Williamsburg : 000159654 - John D. Davis

Pewter at Colonial Williamsburg


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The collection of British pewter at Colonial Williamsburg is remarkable for its breadth and detail, illustrating the development of basic forms and types of decoration from the first decades of the seventeenth century through those of the nineteenth.

The collection also includes a complementary mixture of American examples, which often exhibit readily identifiable regional and individual preferences. This catalogue is divided into sections based on use, including dining wares, drinking vessels, and religious objects. This organisation allows for the juxtaposition of related forms and for the appreciation of their chronologies and development.

This volume makes more accessible the important Colonial Williamsburg Collection that has been formed over the past seventy-five years. It highlights the many purposes pewter served in early American history, assisting in the transfer of culture from Europe and in the shaping of distinctive American attitudes and artefacts.

It is also illustrative of the broad distribution of British wares, especially apparent in Virginia and the lower Chesapeake region, where there were relatively few practising pewterer's and where there was a decided dependence on imported pewter.

About the Author

John Davis was born in Columbus, Ohio, and grew up in south-eastern Pennsylvania. He is the author of The Robert and Meredith Green Collection of Silver Nutmeg Graters (UPNE, 2002).


"This is the finest book on British pewter since H. H. Cotterell's Old Pewter: Its Makers and Their Marks. In terms of the description and details provided each piece in the catalogue, it far exceeds it." The Bulletin of the Pewter Collectors' Club of America

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Acknowledgmentsp. 1
Introductionp. 10
Lighting Devicesp. 30
Dining Waresp. 184
Drinking Vesselsp. 254
Tea and Coffee Equipagep. 276
Household and Personal Accessoriesp. 288
Religious Objectsp. 306
Pewter Masksp. 331
Glossaryp. 333
Short-Title Listp. 337

ISBN: 9781584653158
ISBN-10: 1584653159
Series: 000159654
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 346
Published: 1st March 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.6 x 23.5  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 2.028