This is a wonderful antique English pewter basin bearing the pseudo hallmark of the English lion passant sterling silver standard used as a ruse by pewter makers during the 1700's and early 1800's. Newly made pewter could exhibit a shine and luster similar to sterling silver and the pewter maker would sometimes take unscrupulous advantage of that fact and add the lion passant touch mark, albeit slightly altered in appearance, to their pieces. Let the buyer beware!
This lovely and unusual antique pewter basin also bears the maker's mark TC in a square and under what looks like to be a crown. This fabulous basin weighs 3 pounds 6 ounces, is 14 ¾ inches in diameter and 1-½ inches tall. Our pewter basin is in good condition with a rich, dark aged patina to the metal, the expected surface wear and one 3-½ inch split in the metal along the joining edge of the lip to the basin proper. This is not uncommon for a piece of this vintage and could easily be repaired if desired or left as is, adding to the character and charm of the piece.
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