American Decorative Arts


ca. 1900–1950


3/4 in. (1.9 cm)
other: 9 1/16 in. (23 cm)
Gift of Thomas D. Williams, B.A. 1931
This plate bears a fake mark for John or Samuel Duncomb. The large mark on the plate is adapted from the armorial crest of the Duncombes, earls of Feversham; similar marks were used by John and Samuel Duncomb of Birmingham in the eighteenth century. Howard H. Cotterell noted that pewter bearing geniune or forged Duncomb marks has been found more frequently than “all other makers put together” (see Howard H. Cotterell, <i>Old Pewter, Its Makers, and Its Marks</i> (London: B. T. Bratsford, 1929), 199–200, nos. 1465–66). The plate is spun from crudely cast disk and shows no evidence of the hammering or skimming that would have been employed in the eighteenth century to finish a piece of sadware. The incuse lettering in the “LONDON” mark is atypical for the eighteenth century. The presence of the “ENGLAND” mark suggests that this plate was made after passage of the McKinley Tariff in the United States in 1890.
Made in England
20th century
Containers - Metals

Gift in 1977 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


David L. Barquist, American and English Pewter at the Yale University Art Gallery: A Supplementary Checklist (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1985), 18, 73, 77, no. 270, ill.

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