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AMERICAN LIFE ANTIQUES
WILLIAM DANFORTH 8-3/4" AMERICAN PEWTER PLATE, MIDDLETOWN CT, LATE 18TH
CENTURY OR EARLY NINETEENTH CENTURY
A very good and scarce William Danforth of Middletown Connecticut 8-3/4" pewter plate, the larger size of
the two plate sizes known and from the mold believed distributed to him from the estate of his father
Thomas Danforth II.
Jonathan and William Danforth, brothers to older Joseph, carried on the older brother's business after his
death in 1788, using Joseph's touch marks until about 1794, when William obtained his own touch marks
and struck out on his own. Jonathan got out of the pewter business. William had one eagle mark, re-cut
twice. The original die had 13 pellets. The first re-cut altered the pellets into stars. The second re-cut
altered the shape of the eagle's wing (see JCT Connecticut Pewter and Pewterers).
The first two die versions are the most rare, both occurring most likely before or right around the turn of
the century. This plate is struck with the first -re-cut version.
The plate, aside from some areas of front surface etching/pitting, is in excellent condition. The
double-struck touch marks are nearly as struck.