Robert Bonynge was an 18th century Boston pewterer whose working dates were 1731-63. Surviving examples of this man’s pewter are rare. Today, 18th century American mugs with fishtail terminal handles which exist are as scarce as hen’s teeth.
We would like to thank our friend Wayne Hilt of Hilt Pewter for his help in creating this handle pattern from an original example. We love...
The Gibson Pint Mug is similar to those used throughout Britain in pubs in the mid-19th century. The tapered sides of the mug coupled with the flattened handle terminal present a pleasing design that was built for rigorous daily use.
The Hamlin Pint Mug is a handsome form. It is a reproduction of a mug made in the late 18th century by Samuel Hamlin and later, by his son Samuel E. Hamlin, both of Providence, RI. I seem to have a natural affinity for the Hamlins since I too grew up in Providence, and learned the pewtering craft from my father as well.
The Whitmore Pint is my new favorite mug. Jacob Whitmore was a fine 18th century Connecticut pewterer and this piece is a tribute to him. The ball terminal handle is a beautiful thing to look at and it feels great in one’s hand. Many thanks to fellow pewter enthusiast and antique pewter dealer, Wayne Hilt, for helping me to create this wonderful new handle.
The Tulip Pint Mug is probably the most graceful drinking vessel that I make. As my father used to say, “all the curves are in all the right places.” It shares the same type of scroll handle as the Hamlin Mug which fits wonderfully in one’s hand. I call it a pint mug, but it actually holds about 20 ozs.
18th century pewter mugs and tankards with acanthus leaf handle designs are quite rare and therefore quite desirable to collectors. I was fortunate to acquire an 18th century English export tulip shaped quart mug with acanthus leaf handle last year. That mug was the inspiration for this smaller pint mug. The acanthus leaf motif, an elegant feature, was also used on some...
The Gibson 24 oz Mug, formerly known as the Gibson Tankard, was our very first mug design. My sister, Lauren, convinced my father sometime in the summer of 1978 that we needed to add such a drinking vessel to our then, rather thin product line. Lauren created the pattern for the handle which is quite beautiful and unique. We had an old wooden chuck in the shop already which was suitable for...
The Strap handle 28 oz Mug is an original design inspired by those made in New England in the 18th century. The high fillet line detail on the body and the boot heel handle terminal are characteristic features of these kinds of mugs. It’s a beautiful form that is fun to look at and use!
The Bradford Quart Tankard is a reproduction of an early 18th century piece made in New York City by pewterer William Bradford, Jr. The original is an extremely rare tankard. Only a handful of marked examples exist. Ours has the distinctive ramshorn thumbpiece, and low, flat lid with crenate lip and a sturdy handle with a boot-heel terminal. This tankard is a numbered series.
The Gibson Quart Mug is a big vessel. It is an original design with a traditional look and feel. This series is numbered and recorded in our Tankard Registry.
The Dome Lidded Quart Tankard is an original design inspired by all of the finest 18th century design elements. The ramshorn thumbpiece, the low double dome lid, the low fillet line detail on the body, and the classic handle with boot-heel terminal all combine to create an eye-catching form that would be a welcome addition to any pewter collection. Also a numbered series.
The Dome Lidded Pint Tankard is a scaled down version of it’s cousin, the Quart tankard. However, the crown thumbpiece and its hinge are a different style. This is a beautiful tankard and perhaps my favorite. Collectors of antique pewter covet tankards. All agree that the pint capacity tankards are scarce indeed. You’ll enjoy using it! Also a numbered series.