Joseph Copeland was the first documented practicing pewterer in
Virginia. Born in England, in 1666 he was apprenticed to a pewterer. By 1675 he had
settled in Isle of Wight
County, where he practiced his trade. During excavations at Jamestown in the mid-1930s,
archaeologists recovered a spoon bowl and a trifid spoon handle with Copeland's
touchmark, reading "Ioseph Copeland / 1675 / Chuckatuck." Similar examples found in
the vicinity are often designate. . .
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