Joseph's Top Matches
About Joseph Copeland
from the package of a replica of the Copeland Spoon, souvenir purchased at the Jamestown Museum.:
The most important spoon in Jamestown, and one of the most significant objects excavated, is an incomplete pewter spoon- a variant of the trifid, of split-end, type common during the 1650-90 period. Impressed on the handle (in the trefoil finial of the stem) is a mark of the maker, giving his name, the Virginia town where he worked, and the year he started business. this is the sole surviving "touch" or mark of an American pewterer of the 17th century. The complete legend, encircling a heart, reads: "JOSEPH COPELAND/1675/CHUCKATUCK.' (Chuckatuck is a small Virginia village located in Nansemond County, about 30 miles southeast of Jamestown.) Joseph Copeland later moved to Jamestown where he was caretaker of the statehouse from 1688-91. He may have made pewter in Virginia's first capital. His matchless spoon found in the old Jamestown soil is the oldest dated piece of American-made pewter in existence.