29 September 2009,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 500
Estimate GBP 600 - GBP 900
A PAIR OF WILLIAM AND MARY TRIPLE REEDED RIM PEWTER PLATES
BY THOMAS FRANCIS, CIRCA 1700
With hallmarks to rim and touch adverso (Peal M.P.M. 5599a)
9½ in. (24 cm.) diameter
And a plate by the maker SF or SP with an unusual hammered well and a row of four hallmarks to rim - 9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm.) (3)
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The Pewter Society database notes a link between Francis and North America for the same hallmarks are found on some plates with the crowned rose mark L879 (see Laughlin: Pewter in America, its Makers and their Marks) that is associated with pewter made in Boston, Massachusetts. This suggests Francis started his working life in England and then moved to Boston. Records have been found of a Thomas Francis Pewterer in Boston.
VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium
One of the pair of plates is illustrated by Vanessa Brett, The Phaidon Guide to Pewter, 1981, p. 48.
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