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Stephen Barnes American Pewter  8-3/4" Plate, Late Eighteenth or Early Nineteenth Century

A
 marked pewter plate by Stephen Barnes of Middletown Connecticut, c. 1798-1810, in the "semi-deep" 8-3/4"
size.  A scarce example.

The plate is in fine condition with only a few metal imperfections on the front surface and some light wear on the
reverse. Stephen's large eagle touch mark (J-16) is double-struck on the reverse. The marks show only a little
wear, but the large size of the die made striking very difficult.

Not much is known about Stephen, but he is presumed to have trained under William Danforth (see JCT
Connecticut Pewter and Pewterers).  He is only known to have made flatware.  The handful of sizes known
marked by Stephen are of the same William Danforth sizes.

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