Skip to main content

Warming plate: M.4-2019

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Cocks, Samuel (Possibly)
Maker: Cocks, Susannah (Probably)




Pewter. Circular with vertical sides, and closed top in the shape of a plate with a sloping rim, and shallow well. On each side there is a hinged oval ring handle, and mid-way between them, on the rim, a rectangular hinged trap door covering the aperture for the hot water. The base has a flat central area bearing the touchmark and ‘hallmark’ surrounded by a raised footring, and an almost flat border with a raised edge.


History note: Vendor in Accrington from whom purchased on Ebay for £20 on 31 August 2017 by the donor

Legal notes

Given by Mrs Margaret Cook

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 24 cm
Height: 3.5 cm
Width: 30.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2019-04-29) by Cook, Margaret H., Mrs


19th Century, second quarter#
George IV
Circa 1819 CE - 1840 CE


Samuel Cocks was a native of Norwich who moved to London about 1800. He was probably working as a pewterer from 1817-19. After his death in 1820, the business was carried on by his widow, Susannah until 1844. She employed several family members including her son-in-law, Joshua Watts. He eventually took over the firm, which became a partnership, Watts & Harton.

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: oval touch mark

  • Text: two cocks affronted with ‘COCKS’ above and ‘LONDON’
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Struck between the two X marks
  • Type: Maker's mark
  • Text: ‘X’ and ‘X’ both crowned
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: in a row

  • Text: lion passant, leopard's head, a buckle and SC
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Pseudo touch marks

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: SAMUEL COCKS/(SUSANNAH) in turuoise/1819 LONDON/LTP 1080
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand written in blue with turquoise addition
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: narrow rectangular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: 637 (red) 31.8.17 £20 Ebay: Accrington,/£20 Susannah Cocks pewter/c. 1820 9½ "
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in blue biro and red
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.4-2019
Primary reference Number: 227187
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Tuesday 28 May 2019 Updated: Tuesday 15 October 2019 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2023) "Warming plate" Web page available at: Accessed: 2023-09-29 22:19:59

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=Warming plate |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2023-09-29 22:19:59|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

More objects and works of art you might like


Accession Number: O.18-1984

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...