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Martine, James
Place Made:
Fayetteville North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
DIA: 8-7/8″
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Pewter plate.

MARK: Struck twice on reverse with intaglio “J. MARTINE / FAYL N.C” marks in a conforming rectangular reserve.

MAKER: The first public mention of James Martine is recorded when he took William A. Bass, a free black aged 15, as apprentice to the coppersmith’s trade in Cumberland Co., North Carolina on 9 December 1826. Three years later he advertised in the “North Carolina Journal” (Fayetteville) that he had commenced the “Tin Business, and having employed first rate workmen, flatters himself that he will be enabled to give satisfaction to all who may favor him with their custom.” It is interesting that he advertises stills, hatter’s kettles and stampers, a general assortment of brazier’s copper, rivets, rod iron, sheet iron, and “every article in his line, with a general assortment of Copper & Tin Ware,” but makes only a hint of his pewter activity with the notice: “Cash paid for old Copper and Pewter.” See James H. Craig, “The Arts and Crafts in North Carolina, 1699-1840,” (Winston-Salem, NC: Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, 1965).

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. W. I. Brooks, by exchange