A collection of pewter tableware includes vessels and 22 plates in four size grades. The largest are chargers, or gran plates, followed by dishes, or plates, plates or assiettes, and a single small saucer, or petite plat. A number of the dishes are engraved with crests and makerís marks, indicating their quality. Likely these more-expensive dishes were the possession of merchants onboard the ship. The Belle pewter constitutes the largest collection of French colonial flatware excavated in North America.
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