1953.0043 Pewter dish
  • 1953.0043 Pewter dish
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Basin (Bowl)

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  • Creator (Role):

    William Will (Maker)

  • Place of Origin:

    Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

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Object Number


Object Name

Basin (Bowl)



Credit Line/Donor

Gift of Henry Francis du Pont

Creator (Role)

William Will (Maker)
Son of John Will, Pewterer; brother of Henry and Philip. William emigrated to New York with his father in 1752 and probably served an apprenticeship with his brother Henry. He probably moved to Philadelphia with Philip (for more, see Laughlin, pp.51-55). Suzanne Hamilton, The Pewter of William Will: A Checklist." Winterthur Portfolio &, 1972, pp. 129-160. Hamilton suggests that William came to Philadelphia from Germany with his brother Philip who advertised as a pewterer in 1763. William married in 1764, the date commony used as the starting year for his career. He also oversaw the poor as the sheriff of the city and county of Philadelphia (1780-1782) and as a representative to the General Assembly. During the Revolutionary War he had the responsibility for property confiscated from those who did not support the American cause. Will formed his own company of militia and held commands in the Continental Army. He invested in real estate throughout his life but declared bankruptcy in 1789. He was also an innkeeper. John Townsend's maker's mark served as a model for marks by William Will of Philadelphia and Richard Austin of Boston (Laughlin, Pewter in America, vol 2, p.133). For more on William Will's marks, see Carl Jacobs, Guide to American Pewter (1957), pp.184-186; C. Jordan Thorn, Handbook of American Silver and Pewter Marks (1949), section 2, p.286; Ebert, Collecting American Pewter (1973), p.144; and Montgomery, History of American Pewter (1973), pp.228-229. See also J.B. Kerfoot, American Pewter (1942), pp.87-89 and Laughlin, Pewter in America (1981), vol.2, pp.51-55.

Place of Origin

Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America



Mark or Signature or Inscription or Label

1. Mark; Underside, near center; An eagle and stars within a beaded circle, stamped
2. Mark; Underside, near center; "F[ ]L" in a banderole above an eagle and stars, all in beaded circle, stamped
3. Mark; Underside, near center; "W.\M WILL/ [ ]ILADELPH[ ]" in stacked banderoles, stamped


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Dimensions (inches)

1.626 (H) , 10.626 (Diam)

Dimensions (centimeters)

4.13 (H) , 26.99 (Diam)

Object Description

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Bibliography and Bibliographic Notes

[Article] Hamilton, Suzanne C. 1972 The Pewter of William Will: A Checklist. Winterthur Portfolio. 7: 129-160.
Published: p. 138, fig. 14.
[Book] Montgomery, Charles F. 1973 A History of American Pewter.
Published: fig.4-8, p. 63. See pp. 61-63 for discussion of possible liturgical use