Dating pewter spoons

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The single reed continued throughout the 18th century on sadware intended for export to America , but for the domestic market it fell out of favour by c1730 and the plain rim then reigned more or less supreme until production of pewter sadware ceased altogether.However, style had one final fling later in the 18th century when there was a fashion for non-circular plates with wavy or polygonal edges amongst the wealthy.In some communities this tradition continued until at least the mid-twentieth century.

They can be defined by the shapes of their bowls, ears and under-ear brackets, and these features also help with dating.Porringers are small bowls with one or two handles which the pewterers called ears*.They were used in England until the mid 18th century, mainly for eating semi-liquid foods like potage or broth but also for other purposes.Originating in early-fifteenth century in Europe as spoons used at table (often produced in sets of thirteen, the thirteenth, showing Jesus, usually being referred to as the 'Saviour' or 'Master' spoon).The British Museum in London has a set from England dating from 1536–7 which has a figure of the Virgin Mary on the thirteenth spoon.

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