MARK: Struck on reverse with an intaglio mark containing the initials “J E” in a small oval surmounted by a right-facing eagle with an olive branch in its proper right talon, all surrounded by a wreath of bell-flowers (or husks) in a serrated circlular reserve.
MAKER: Jacob Eggleston (1773-1813) was born in Middletown, Connecticut, the son of Bennett Eggleston (b.c.1741) and his wife Phebe Alvord (1741-1829). He married Sarah Whitmore (dates unknown) in 1792, which indicates that he probably apprenticed to her father, the pewterer Jacob Whitmore (1736-1825). The Egglesetons moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina sometime before 1807; a deed made in May of that year shows a sale to “Jacob Eggleston of Fayetteville” property on the south side of Cross Creek. That same year he apparently formed a partnership with a man named Bass: “Eggleston and Bass Respectfully inform the Public they have commenced the Tin Plate Working, Pewter and Copper Smiths Business…on Person Street, Fayetteville…” where they had on hand “a large assortment of Pewter, Tin and Japanned Ware…” and made stills as well as brass and copper kettles. Jacob Eggleston died on 19 March 1813, leaving an estate valued at over $11,000 in real and personal property. Included in his probate inventory was 334 pounds of pewter molds ($133.60) and William Nott (1789-1840) purchased Eggleston’s tools. Nott was a pewterer also from Middletown, Connecticut who moved to Fayetteville. See Ledlie Laughlin, “Pewter in America” (New York: American Legacy, 1940) and James Craig, “The Arts and Crafts in North Carolina, 1699-1840” (Winston-Salem, NC: Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, 1965).