Sometimes spelled as bouge, this term refers to round wall between the well and rim of pewter plate, deep dish or charger.

Boardman Family of Pewtersmiths

Boardman Family of Pewtersmiths

The Boardman family of pewtersmiths provided many of America’s leading practitioners of this craft in the first half of the nineteenth century. Four Boardman brothers, Thomas Danforth (1784 to 1873), Sherman (1787 to 1861), Timothy (1798 to 1825) and Henry S. (1820 to 1895), were born into Connecticut’s first family of pewtersmiths, having descended from the craft’s patriarch, Thomas Danforth of Norwich (1703 to 1786), through their mother Sarah Danforth [...] Click here to continue reading.

M. Austin & Jill R. Fine Northeast 8-6-10 provenance

The M. Austin & Jill R. Fine Collection Marcus Austin Fine’s passion for collecting American Folk Art played an integral role in our family life. There are so many memories. Vacations and drop-offs at summer camps and colleges always included stops off the beaten path to visit antiques dealers, auctions or shows. At an early age, my sister and I boycotted these visits, remaining in the stifling car reading teen magazines. Many years later, [...] Click here to continue reading.

Calder, William – American pewterer

William Calder (1792-1856)

William Calder of Providence, Rhode Island began pewtering circa 1824 and worked until his death in 1856. He and Thomas D. Boardman of Hartford, Connecticut are responsible for the great majority of the surviving porringers of early American origin. Calder’s porringer output is second only to Samuel Hamlin also from Providence. Most Calder porringers measure from four and seven-eights to five and a quarter inches and carry the Eagle touch. His [...] Click here to continue reading.

Boor, John William MD – Provenance Pook April 2009

John William Boor, M.D. (1947 to 2007)

John William Boor, M.D. was born and raised in the city of Philadelphia. Dr. Boor’s love for the fine arts stemmed from his fascination with American history and his tremendous pride and respect for everything related to or originating from the great colonial city of Philadelphia.

To many he was their trusted doctor, specializing in Neurology. Others knew him as a collector of Americana. He had an [...] Click here to continue reading.

Machmer, Richard & Rosemarie — Provenance Pook 10-24-08

Richard & Rosemarie Machmer Provenance

The following remembrances were publishing the Pook and Pook auction catalogue for this sale, held on October 24 and 25, 2008. For coverage of this sale, please see the account in Maine Antique Digest, published in January of 2009, available at

About thirty-five years ago, I traveled around two hours to an evening country auction in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania. As I walked into the auction house, facing me was [...] Click here to continue reading.


Crazy for Tea

We’ve all seen the movies depicting English life in the 19th and early 20th centuries where a charming hostess calls on Flora, the parlor maid, to lay the tea for company. Flora soon reappears with a gleaming tea service and a plate of crumbly biscuits and sandwiches, and then retreats leaving the guests sipping and chatting. This English, and later the American, infatuation with tea may be easier to understand with [...] Click here to continue reading.



Formed as a small oval, slipper shaped vessel, the bourdalou is a lady’s urinal or chamber pot designed for use in public places such as churches or while traveling. The earliest surviving examples of bourdaloue are circa 1710 European products; these vessels were usually made of porcelain or pottery, particularly delft, but are known in silver or japanned metal. They were made throughout the Continent and in England, with export examples made in [...] Click here to continue reading.

Gray, Thomas A.

Thomas A. Gray

Tom Gray of Old Salem, North Carolina is an heir of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company family fortune. A graduate of the Winterthur program in Early American Culture, Tom curated the corporate collection of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. He partnered with his mother, Anne Pepper Gray, to found the Old Salem Toy Museum. Gray has a long association with the Old Salem Inc. historic restoration, including vice president [...] Click here to continue reading.

Gleason, Roswell – pewterer

Roswell Gleason (1799-1887)

Roswell Gleason of Dorchester, Massachusetts, began pewtering about 1830 and like the Boardmans in Hartford, Connecticut, he must have carried on the making of pewter and Britannia ware more after the manner of modern business than after that of an earlier craft. Lamps, candlesticks, communion sets (including flagons, patens, and baptismal bowls, chalices are not recorded as produced), tea-pots, coffee-pots, coffee-urns, water pitchers (with covers), mugs, syrup jugs and cuspidors, are [...] Click here to continue reading.

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