Flagon,Cast pewter,England or France; 1350-1400,Inscribed ‘P:FILLE:H:F DE:MAILEI’ on handle (owner’s name?)
In 1348 the Mayor of London approved regulations to control the rapidly expanding pewter trade. Apprenticeships were formalised and goods had to meet prescribed standards. This faceted wine flagon may be an example of what is referred to in these ordinances as ‘square’ flagons and later as ‘Normandy pottes’. The form, if not the object itself, probably originated in France.