A Rare Pewter Pint Export Tankard by William Eddon
William Eddon worked in London from 1689 until at least the 1740's producing a wide variety of hollowware with a heavy emphasis on mugs and in particular tankards, this is just one example of the scope of his production.
Eddon produced flat lid tankards early in his career and he exported a considerable number to the Colonies. His thumbpieces were distinctive on his flat lids having raised cast foliate decoration. This pint tankard has a thumbpiece with similar decoration.
Eddon is known for the fact that he kept up with design trends and provided his clients with the latest of fashion in pewter design. The style range from flat lids to High Georgian and everything in between.
This tankard has a fine exterior with some pitting on the inside and a very good touchmark. The tankard measures 5 1/4" to the top of the thumbpiece.
We have only see this one example of this particular Eddon pint. It is of interest to note George Grenfell ended up with the handle and thumbpiece mold. An example of a Grenfell Pint is pictured in John Davis' catalog of Pewter at Colonial Williamsburg.
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