Touchplate, of the Edinburgh Pewterers

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Postcard of Touchplate, of the Edinburgh Pewterers.
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Touchplate, of the Edinburgh Pewterers

This is a touchplate of the Edinburgh Pewterers. The 'touches' on this plate are the official record of the individual craftsmen's marks from around 1590 to 1749.

The earliest marks are in pairs - the craftsmen's marks and the town mark. After a few years they are combined in one stamp. The date is generally that when the craftsman became a Master or a Freeman of the Burgh.

The plate may also have served as a sample of pewter of approved quality on which the craftsmen have put their touch, thereby acknowledging their obligation to maintain that standard.

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Online ID: 000-100-002-468-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MET 46
Date: c. 1590 - 1749
From around 1590 to 1749
Material: Pewter. Inscription: [Touches of the Edinburgh Pewterers]
Dimensions: 317 mm H x 110 mm W x 5 mm D
What: Touch plate
Subject: Pewter (NMAS Classification)
Who: Edinburgh Pewterers (Owner)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Touch plate of the Edinburgh Pewterers, the touches being the official record of the individual craftsmen's marks from c. 1590 - 1749
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