1964.1160 Pewter beaker
  • 1964.1160 Pewter beaker
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  • Creator (Role):

    Ashbil Griswold (Maker)

  • Place of Origin:

    Meriden, Connecticut, United States, North America

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  • Materials:

    Pewter; Britannia metal

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Object Name




Credit Line/Donor

Bequest of Henry Francis du Pont

Creator (Role)

Ashbil Griswold (Maker)
Ashbil Griswold trained in Thomas Danforth III's shop from about 1798/9 to 1805/6, and possibly worked for Danforth for a year after his apprenticeship was complete, selling pewter in the Baltimore area. In 1808, it appears that Griswold moved to Meriden, Connecticut and established his own shop. Over the next thirty years his shop became larger than all others in Connecticut, save the Boardmans's business in Hartford. By 1830 the shop employed twelve men. Ira Couch was taken into the business as a partner. Many other britannia makers were trained in this shop. Griswold made inexpensive cups in large quantities through the 1820's and 1830's (Mongtomery, p.72). For more on Ashbil Griswold's marks, see C. Jordan Thorn, Handbook of American Silver and Pewter Marks (1949), p.258; Carl Jacobs, Guide to American Pewter (1957), p.101-102; Ebert, Collecting American Pewter (1973), p.132; and Montgomery, History of American Pewter (1973), p.222. See also John Carl Thomas, Connecticut Pewter and Pewterers (1976), p.165-166; Laughlin, Pewter in America (1981), vol.1, p.127-128; J.B. Kerfoot, American Pewter (1942), p.133-134

Place of Origin

Meriden, Connecticut, United States, North America



Mark or Signature or Inscription or Label

1. Mark; Underside of base; "A.G" in rectangle, stamped


Pewter; Britannia metal

Dimensions (inches)

3 (H) , 2.937 (Diam)

Dimensions (centimeters)

7.62 (H) , 7.46 (Diam)

Object Description

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Bibliography and Bibliographic Notes

[Book] Montgomery, Charles F. 1973 A History of American Pewter.
Published: fig. 4-23, p. 71-72