American Decorative Arts


ca. 1920–30


1 11/16 in. (4.3 cm)
other (with handle): 7 5/16 in. (18.6 cm)
rim: 5 3/16 in. (13.2 cm)
Gift of Leighton Laughlin
This porringer was one of a large group of fakes produced in Europe during the later 1920s to satisfy the increasing popularity of American pewter among collectors. Ledlie Laughlin discovered a number of these forgeries for sale in a New York department store, “at prices fully as high as might be expected for the genuine” (Ledlie I. Laughlin, Pewter in America: Its Makers and Their Marks , 2:124). The marks on these pieces were all crudely cut imitations of the dies used by such pewterers as Frederick Bassett, Thomas Danforth III, and William Will, with their names rendered in sans serif letters. This porringer, like the majority of the objects on which these marks appear, did not imitate the form or technology of an eighteenth-century American piece; the poorly finished handle and bowl were soldered together.
Probably made in Germany
20th century
Containers - Metals

Ledlie I. Laughlin, Princeton, New Jersey. 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), 17, 73, 76, no. 269, ill.

“Acquisitions 1977,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 37, no. 1 (Fall 1978): 74.

Ledlie I. Laughlin, Pewter in America: Its Makers and Their Marks, 2 vols. (Boston: Barre Publishers, 1940), 124, pl. 78, vol. 2, fig. 678.

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