Tudor pewter goes on sale

I am sure that folk that like my work would love to own an original Tudor pewter porringer. Not the sort of thing that you get the opportunity of very often but on November 24th a fantastic collection goes under the hammer at Wilkinson’s of Doncaster. Here are a few pictures, first the porringers, this is a form that you find in pewter, ceramic and wood. I love my wooden porringers and use one every day for breakfast, imagine using a 16th Century pewter one? These three only have a guide price of £300 which sounds amazing for a piece of history like this.

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Two huge 16″ dishes

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and a view of a range of the pewter. These all come from a wreck found off the Dominican Republic, 3/4 of the finds will stay there but around 200 vessels are the property of the divers and crew that recovered them and at auction are expected to fetch around £200,000.

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The mid 16th century is a fascinating time in tableware history as The Rev William Harrison in his “Description of England” 1577-87 describes the changes in his lifetime one of which is “the exchange of Vessell, as of treene platters into pewter, and wooden spoones into silver or tin. For so common were all sortes of treene stuffe in old time, that a man should hardly find foure peeces of pewter….in a good farmers house.”

For more of this sort of tableware history see my book and for more detail on the find and the wreck see this article.

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