Look for impressed initials -- the "touch mark" or stamp of a registered pewterer.
Crude initially, then becoming more elaborate over time, these markings appeared on antique pewter from the 1500s until the 1820s. On early pieces you might find an X or the word "superfine"--both indications of best quality pewter. specialised in whiplash lines and the nude or seminude female form.
An alloy of tin and copper or lead, pewter was a staple of domestic wares for five centuries--from the 1300s until the 1830s.
Use for everything from tankards and cutlery to candlesticks, it went out of fashion with the introduction of mechanised silver-plating, only to be revived by the handicraft-oriented Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements of the last quarter of the 19th century.
A large hand painted charger, painted on a Royal Worcester blank by former Royal Worcester artist David Fuller, the central well decorated with fruit, berries and foliage sat into a wicker basket, the radiating edge with gilt foliate scrolls against a dark blue ground, unmarked, signed to the front D Fuller, diameter 40cm A Moorcroft for Liberty & Co sweet meat pedestal dish decorated in the Wysteria pattern against a dark blue ground raised to a pewter stand, impressed Tudric, Moorcroft, 01514, diameter 13cm, height 6.5cm A large Moorcroft Anemone pattern vase of tapering form decorated with an upper band of tubelined flowers and foliage against a dark blue ground, impressed and painted marks alongside Potter to HM Queen Mary paper label, height 26cm A late 18th Century Ralph Wood Toby jug, seated wearing a grey frock coat with ochre breaches holding a foaming jug of ale and a cup of ale, height 23cm See Harold Mackintosh Early English Pottery where this jug is featured in an article on p88.
A 20th Century Royal Worcester cabinet plate, the central roundel painted by H.Read Full Article July 2017 A flurry of interest from online, room and phone bidders heralded the first lot at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly antiques sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.Read Full Article June 2017 Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt will celebrate the design of the 20th Century with a substantial section of items from the era in the next sale which takes place on Thursday, July 6.A late 18th Century Ralph Wood Toby jug, ordinary model with a roman nose, holding a jug on his left knee and raising a glass to his lips, wearing an aubergine coat and yellow and blue breeches, impressed 51 and painted No.162, height 25cm Lot 21 of the Lord Mackintosh Sale held at Sothebys, 2nd May 1967 costing £100.0.0 A late 18th Century Wood family Toby jug and cover, seated wearing a dark blue frock coat, his hair, eyebrows, jug and waistcoat all in deep green manganese, holding an foaming jug of ale, unmarked, height 26cm A late 18th Century Ralph Wood Toby jug, ordinary model with a roman nose, holding a jug on his left knee and raising a glass to his lips, wearing an brown coat and yellow breeches, impressed 51, height 25cm A late 18th Century Ralph Wood Toby jug, seated holding a frothing brown jug, his face and hands flesh coloured in manganese with a wart to his nose, his coat and breeches in tonal green, height 24cm Lot 23 of the Lord Mackintosh Sale held at Sothebys, 2nd May 1967 costing £130.0.0 A Clarice Cliff Patina Brookfield pattern large Isis vase circa 1933 hand painted with a stylised tree and cottage landscape over decorated with a pink splatter effect glaze, unmarked, height 30cm, restored.