THOMAS PITTS

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Son of Thomas Pitts of the Parish of St. Mary Whitechapel, apprenticed to Charles Hatfield 6 December 1737 and turned over to David Willaume (II) February 1742. Free, 16 January 1744. The mark now attributed here to him must have been entered not long after the start of the missing register of 1758-73, and he appears as plateworker, Air Street, St.James's, in the Parl. Report list 1773. Heal records him as working silversmith and chaser, Golden Cup, 20 Air Street, Piccadilly, 1767-93. The 'Workmen's Ledgers' of Parker and Wakelin (Garrard MSS., Victoria & Albert Museum) contain many pages of accounts from Pitts for epergnes from 1766, from which the identification of the mark, formerly attributed to Thomas Powell, in absence of any other evidence was natural enough. His three sons, Thomas, William and Joseph were all apprenticed to him in Air Street, 1767, 1769 and 1772. It is interesting to note that Joseph was apprenticed to his father and turned over the same day to Philip Day plate casemaker and leatherseller and described as plate casemaker on attaining his freedom in 1781. The continuous need for cases for the output of epergnes and centrepieces must have led to a close connection with Day probably a desire to have a member of the family sharing in the business arising.

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THOMAS PITTS (1737-1793)
A George III silver-gilt Bowl on Stand
Each circular with pierced rim between beaded borders, the bowl engraved with a coat-of-arms. The arms are those of Taylor, for Sir John Taylor...
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Koopman Rare Art
THOMAS PITTS (1737-1793)
A Magnificent Neo-Classical Nine Basket Epergne
A George III epergne centrepiece, London 1788, maker's mark of Thomas Pitts. With eight foliate scroll branches issuing flori-form collars suppor...
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Koopman Rare Art
THOMAS PITTS (1737-1793)
Suite Of Three George III 18th/19th Rococo Silver Tea Caddies In Green Shagreen ...
A strikingly beautiful suite of 3 silver tea caddies rectangular with bombe sides. The caddies have extremely sharp rococo floral chasing througho...
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Paul Bennett