Williamsburg in James City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Efforts of a Virginia Tradesman 1670s
One such artifact lay in the ruins of a structure built for Ann Talbott around 1660, and later owned by George Marable. The building had a floor paved with brick and a substantial seven by three foot hearth with connected oven. It may have been a dwelling or workshop used for light industry like commercial brewing or baking.
The unusual artifact that impressed archaeologists is a simple pewter spoon found in the yard. Although only the handle survived, its 1675 maker’s mark identified it as the work of Joseph Copeland, a craftsman who worked 30 miles down river from Jamestown at Chuckatuck.
The spoon handle is the oldest, dated pewter artifact of North American origin in existence.
Erected by Colonial National Historic Park.
Location. 37° 12.444′ N, 76° 46.585′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsburg VA 23185, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Water and Well (a few steps from this marker); Interpreting Jamestown (within shouting distance of this marker); A Campsite pre-1607 (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonial Highway (within shouting distance of this marker); The Jamestown Riverfront 1630-1690 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Row Houses (about 300 feet away); Ditch and Mound (about 300 feet away); A Jamestown Warehouse 1630s-1699 (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsburg.
More about this marker. The right of the marker contains a picture of a “House built by Ann Talbott and later owned by George Marable.” The bottom center of the marker contains a photograph of “Excavations of the Marable house, ca. 1930s.” The left of the marker features a picture of “A 17th-century Virginia pewter-smith at work,” and a picture of the “Handle of the Copeland spoon with a rendering of Joseph Copeland maker’s mark, excavated ca. 1935.”
Also see . . .
1. Efforts of a Virginia Tradesman - 1670s. Colonial National Historic Park from National Park Service website. (Submitted on March 19, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Historic Jamestowne. Historic Jamestowne is the site of the first permanent English settlement in America. The site is jointly administered by APVA Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service. (Submitted on March 19, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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