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Focus on…. Welsh provenance plates and dishes.

Kathryn Wilson, of Roebuck Antiques, Camarthen

The famed Welsh thriftiness has ensured the survival of many antiques which otherwise might have been lost. Of course, many of these items have survived despite being past their best, Welsh ingenuity in fitting metal handles to replace broken ones to keep pottery jugs in service is a well known example. Thanks to the care of many generations of Welsh families some of their pewter has been saved for us to enjoy today.

Pewter plates and dishes, along with candlesticks, salts, measures and other items, have adorned Welsh dressers over several centuries and unlike their English neighbours have traditionally been displayed with their faces turned to the wall. Quite why this is remains a mystery and the accompanying Welsh tradition of energetically polishing the backs has eventually robbed most of them of their marks. The reflective surfaces of these plates would have significantly added to the light available for tasks such as spinning, in the gloomy and smoky candlelit interiors of eighteenth, and early nineteenth century dwellings.

Pewter from Bewdley in Worcestershire was sold in quantity to all areas of the Principality as shown by surviving order books. London pewter also made its way into Wales. However, the plates and dishes found in South and West Wales more usually came from South West England. There is evidence that these were imported in large numbers in the sixteenth century into local ports such as Carmarthen and Haverfordwest. The trade continued and flourished well into the eighteenth century.

Many plates produced in the eighteenth century in the West Country were intended for export to America. They were often produced in the 8.25-8.5” sizes and these sizes though scarce in England are still found in West Wales, showing that not all of them were shipped so far away. Most have pairs of ownership initials rather than the triads more usually found on English pieces. Sadly they are often found here in poor condition, the metal being relatively thin and not so resistant to wear and tear and the repeated cleaning typical of the Welsh household! They have also often been pierced on the rims, another Welsh tradition, possibly to hang them on beams or walls after they went out of fashion and transfer printed pottery had taken their place on the dresser. However worn, they remain as a reminder of the West Country craftsmanship in pewter and are now attractive pieces of Welsh history. Occasionally these plates and dishes have vestigial marks allowing attribution to a pewterer, usually from Bristol. Even without this the collector will recognise the beautiful Bristol metal with its leady feel and soft, moonlight glow.

Additional Regional Pewter PDF Files

PDF Pages

A search for York Acorn pewter communion flagons (edited)

119 PDF adobeimgtiny

The “Penington” type of York acorn flagon & other of their pewter - Previously mostly unknown

34 PDF adobeimgtiny

“Scarce but not forgotten” Edmund Harvey and his York acorn style flagons

12 PDF adobeimgtiny

The “Harrison” type of York acorn communion flagons

8 PDF adobeimgtiny

An inconclusive look at the various features of “Harrison” type York, acorn communion flagons

16 PDF adobeimgtiny

Thumbnail photos of York acorn communion flagons

10 PDF adobeimgtiny

“Straight sided” Yorkshire communion flagons

34 PDF adobeimgtiny

The Pewterers of Penrith by Michael Finlay

27 PDF  adobeimgtiny

William Atkinson Unidentified Cumbrian Pewterer by Michael  Finlay

10 PDF  adobeimgtiny

Scottish Pewter-ware & Pewterers by L Ingleby Wood. Published about 1904

299 PDF  adobeimgtiny

The Old Pewter Marks of Some Wigan Pewterers

28 PDF  adobeimgtiny

Two York Acorn Fladons and others similar

12 PDF  adobeimgtiny

Additional Guernsey and Jersey Measures - Comment from Giles Bois

1 PDF  adobeimgtiny

Ingleby Wood - early articles about Scottish Pewter - from 1902 - 1906

31 PDF  adobeimgtiny

Scottish Pewter Measures & Their Origin. By H H  Cotterell Connoisseur May 1931

4 PDF  adobeimgtiny

Kendal Pewterers by Roland J A Shelly

23 PDF  adobeimgtiny

Cumbrian Pewter - A Patterdale Flagon

6 PDF  adobeimgtiny

Welsh Oak & Pewter Together

3 PDF  adobeimgtiny

Lincoln's Chalices - Peter Edwards

13 PDF  adobeimgtiny

Assisting Townley Hall Burnley

4 PDF  adobeimgtiny

Research..The Court of Orphans

2 PDF  adobeimgtiny

Old Notes about Scottish Pewter (reprinted)

24 PDF  adobeimgtiny

John Abbot & Co Ltd of Gateshead. Their catalogue of smaller metalwares of 1895

144 PDF  adobeimgtiny

Extract from the 1895 Abbot catalogue of 4 pages of Pewter information

4 PDF  adobeimgtiny

The Earlies known Abbot piece (?)

2 PDF  adobeimgtiny

Scottish Lidded Measures (All those measures - is there any order?)

7 PDF  adobeimgtiny

Scottish Communion Pewter by Peter Spencer Davies

3 PDF  adobeimgtiny

Welsh Pewters by Kathryn Wilson

4 PDF  adobeimgtiny

The Strange Case of Shadrach Eyron by Kathryn Wilson

2 PDF  adobeimgtiny

New Zealand - The Fenton Collection - Peter and Trish Hayward

11 PDF  adobeimgtiny

Irish Pewter - David Hall

22 PDF  adobeimgtiny

South Australia - Finds in South Australia - Geoff Lock

4 PDF  adobeimgtiny

Wigan Pewter

17 PDF  adobeimgtiny

The Boltons - Metalworkers of Wigan by Jamie Ferguson

19 PDF  adobeimgtiny

Scottish Pewter Marks Commonly Found

13 PDF  adobeimgtiny

Irish Pewter Marks Commonly Found By David Hall

10 PDF  adobeimgtiny

A York Acorn By IH

1PDF  adobeimgtiny

(Bristol &) West Country Pewterers by H H Cotterell (1917)

16 PDF  adobeimgtiny

Bristol & West Country by H H Cotterell (1918)

49 PDF  adobeimgtiny

Bristol & West Country Pewter - examples

20 PDF  adobeimgtiny

Pewtering in Bewdley by David Moulson and Andy Holding

19 PDF  adobeimgtiny

Old Notes about Scottish Pewter (reprinted)

24 PDF  adobeimgtiny

John Abbot & Co Ltd of Gateshead. Their catalogue of smaller metalwares of 1895

144 PDF  adobeimgtiny

Extract from the 1895 Abbot catalogue of 4 pages of Pewter information

4 PDF  adobeimgtiny

The Earliest known Abbot piece (?)

2 PDF  adobeimgtiny

Notes On Irish Pewterers H H Cotterell 1916

20 PDF adobeimgtiny

Scottish Pewter Tankards by Lieut Col J S Bisset

4 PDF adobeimgtiny

Recognizing regional styles of pub mugs

75 PDF adobeimgtiny

Early drinking mugs by Carl Ricketts

46 PDF adobeimgtiny

Several York mugs and 1 Acorn flagon

30 PDF adobeimgtiny

Fine Work of York craftsmen: H H Cotterell 1933

5 PDF adobeimgtiny

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