Small, single-reeded circular dish and flat well scored around perimeter; no foot ring. Two partial eagle-in-stars touch marks of Blakeslee Barnes stamped on underside (one at right very faint) above "B. BARNS / -PHIL\A-." in incuse italic roman letters.

Maker is Blakeslee Barnes (or Blakslee Barns, 1781-1823) of Wallingford and Berlin, CT; moved to Philadelphia circa 1807/9 to join fellow CT pewtersmith Thomas Danforth III (1756-1840) in business. Plates with Barnes' marks are dated 1812-1817, and believed to have been made by him or by others for him (including Danforth) using his touch. Most examples have Barnes' name in raised serif letters inside a rectangle; dates when he used this incuse mark (with italic roman letters) not known.

Date Made: 1812-1817

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

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Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Alma R. Duckworth

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.300859.0008Catalog Number: 300859.0008Accession Number: 300859

Object Name: dishObject Type: plate

Physical Description: pewter (overall material)Measurements: overall: 1/2 in x 7 7/8 in; 1.27 cm x 20.0025 cm


Record Id: nmah_300470

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