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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.
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United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
pewter (overall material)
overall: 1/2 in x 7 7/8 in; 1.27 cm x 20.0025 cm
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Gift of Mrs. Alma R. Duckworth
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
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National Museum of American History
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