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Even then however, the average householder was too poor to replace his wooden utensils with pewter until around the middle of the 18th century.For almost a hundred years thereafter it became the material for every day utensils and commodities.

In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, wonderfully engraved and decorated pewter dinner sets made their appearance on the tabletops of the more well-to-do families.

Dating Royal Doulton products from their Doulton marks means you sometimes have to check very carefully.

Factors other than the Doulton mark can help in more accurate dating, particularly pattern names and numbers and date codes or artists monograms. Several other Doulton marks occur in the very early stages and incorporate pattern names such as ROUEN and KEW, with some remaining in use for up to twenty years.

Two grades of pewter were specified, and then later a further grade was added, and these three grades were adhered to until the 20th century.

The 15th and 16th centuries are described as the Golden Age for pewter manufacture, a time when even grand houses used pewter as well as silver for domestic use and a time which preceded the introduction of mass-produced ceramic wares, which ultimately replaced pewter, especially plates and drinking vessels.

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