1958.0637 Pewter mug
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  • Creator (Role):

    Samuel Hamlin Sr. (Maker)

  • Place of Origin:

    Providence, Rhode Island, New England, United States, North America

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Credit Line/Donor

Gift of Henry Francis du Pont

Creator (Role)

Samuel Hamlin Sr. (Maker)
Samuel Sr apprenticed with Thomas Danforth II and Jacob Whitmore. In the Connecticut Courant on July 13, 1767 Hamlin advertised the partnership of Hamlin & Henshaw, which had a store in Hartford. The shop probably produced pewter, copper, and brass. The length of their collaboration is not known. A notice in the Connecticut Courant on November 23, 1773 announced the termination of the partnership between Hamlin and Thomas Danforth II, and stated that Hamlin had moved to Providence where he set up another shop as a pewterer, brazier and coppersmith. In 1774 he took on his brother-in-law Gershom Jones as a partner, a collaboration that lasted until 1781. In 1782, Joseph Danforth, son of Thomas Danforth II, went to Providence to retrieve his father's molds that Hamlin had been using; this suggests that Hamlin was working for Danforth (Thomas, p.149-151). For more on Samuel Hamlin Sr's marks, see Carl Jacobs, Guide to American Pewter (1957), p.104-105; C. Jordan Thorn, Handbook of American Silver and Pewter Marks (1949), p.259; Ebert, Collecting American Pewter (1973), p.133; and Montgomery, History of American Pewter (1973), p.222. See also John Carl Thomas, Connecticut Pewter and Pewterers (1976), p.149-151; J.B. Kerfoot, American Pewter (1942), p.118-120; and Laughlin, Pewter in America (1981), vol.1, p.86-87, 95-97.

Place of Origin

Providence, Rhode Island, New England, United States, North America

Origin Notes

The creation place was identified as Hartford and Middletown, Connecticut, or Providence, Rhode Island by Montgomery.



Mark or Signature or Inscription or Label

1. Mark; Outside body, left of handle; "[ ]AMUEL/ HAMLIN" in banderoles with foliate scrolls, stamped
2. Mark; Outside body, left of handle; "SH" in rectangle, stamped
3. Mark; Outside body, left of handle; Seated Britannia in rectangle, stamped
4. Mark; Outside body, left of handle; Upright sword in rectangle, stamped
5. Mark; Outside body, left of handle; Golden Fleece in rectangle, stamped
6. Mark; Interior, center bottom; "HAM[ ]" above and "[ ]OVID[ ]" below with eagle and anchor, stamped





Dimensions (inches)

6 (H) , 6.875 (W) , 4.875 (Diam)

Dimensions (centimeters)

15.24 (H) , 17.462 (W) , 12.383 (Diam)

Measurement Notes

The diameter is of the foot rim.

Object Description

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Bibliography and Bibliographic Notes

[Book] Montgomery, Charles F. 1973 A History of American Pewter.
Published: fig. 6-6, p. 108-109 and p. 114. See notes.