MARK: Struck on reverse with intaglio mark of “W.NOTT” under a right-facing eagle surrounded by eighteen stars.
MAKER: In 1813 William Nott (1789-1840) of Middletown, Connecticut purchased the pewterer’s tools from the estate of Jacob Eggleston (1773-1813). Eggleston died in Fayetteville, North Carolina but his estate was settled in his home state of Connecticut. Nott was in partnership in Middletown with Jehiel Johnson (1785-1833) where they carried on the business of “Plating and pewtering.” In April 1818 Nott and Johnson purchased property on Hay Street in Fayetteville where they set up shop. A year later the partnership was dissolved and Johnson presumably returned to Connecticut. By 1826 Nott was in partnership with John D. Starr and in 1829 he advertised with a third partner, Joseph Sumner, in a Fayetteville newspaper. Nott and Sumner had established a “Tin and Sheet Iron Ware Manufactory on the East side of Gillespie-street.” Interestingly enough, pewter is not mentioned in the advertisement. William Nott died in Fayetteville in 1840. See Ledlie Laughlin, “Pewter in America” (New York: American Legacy, 1940); James Craig, “The Arts and Crafts in North Carolina, 1699-1840” (Winston-Salem, NC: Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, 1965); and Lorraine Cook White, ed., “The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records,” Vol. 2, p.326 (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-2002).