Large decorated London pewter strainer dish by Henry Little c1734-64


This 15¾ inch diameter circular fish or strainer plate has a single reed on one side, and is one of the largest examples of its type. It was made by Henry Little, London c1734-64, and the face has a wonderful array of his marks, including touchmark, hallmarks and label. The decorative piercing features alternating hearts and lozenges, with a central six-pointed star. The holes were drilled and finished so all those on one side have wider openings to facilitate drainage through them. Provenance: formerly in the collection of Bryan Darby. The plate is pictured at page 17, Spring 2008 edition of the Journal of the Pewter Society. In excellent condition, with light-medium grey original surface patina, and the face side shown is lighter and more polished than the reverse. REF: C2484