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Not only is this American ale-quart pewter mug among the very few surviving examples from Rhode Island with cast-in-place ("burnt-on")solid handles, its condtion is exceptionally fine, placing it among the best examples of eighteenth-century New England pewter ale-quarts known.  Clear intenior linen marks, base turning lines, and handle scrape marks amply testify to the careful workmanship that created it.   I know of no finer Rhode Island example.  Its low-band form is  identical to a marked example. later silveplated, formerly in the collection of Rhode Island pewter enthusiast Richard L. Bowen, Jr. that is clearly marked with th pot touch of  Gershom Jones, Providence, R. I., w. 1773-1809.  Height 6".

Exceptional American Pewter Quart Mug, attr. Gershom Jones

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