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Maker(s):Joseph, Henry (attributed)
Culture:English (w.1736-1784)
Date Made:1750-1780
Type:Food Service
Materials:base metal: pewter
Place Made:United Kingdom; England; London
Accession Number:  HD 54.049
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Pewter cream pot with a pear-shaped body with a pouring spout, three cast scrolled legs, and S-curved handle. which is stamped "X" on the bottom. During a visit of the Pewter Collectors Club, October 2002, this creamer was identified as an example of the work of Henry Joseph (1713-1792) of London, who was elected a yeoman of the Pewterers' Company in 1736 and a master of the Worshipful Company of Pewterers in 1771, and known for the broad range of domestic goods that he produced for the American market. Small silver jugs for milk or cream appear early in the 18th century. The addition of milk and cream to tea is documented in the 1720s in England, but was probably practiced earlier. Matthew Prior’s verses in "To a Young Gentleman in Love" (1720) are often quoted as early evidence of this practice: “He thanked her on his bended knee; Then drank a quart of milk and tea.”

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