Puritan Spoon: A type of spoon with a very plain, straight plank like handle popular
Platter: A large oval or rectangular shallow serving dish, sometimes containing a well in which to catch juices or
Plate: The term for wrought silver and gold objects. From the Spanish word for silver: plata.
Planishing: The initial state in finishing a piece of silver before polishing using highly polished hammer faces to
remove hammer marks and refine the surface.
Potosi Silver: Nickel silver. Has no silver content.
Porringer: A small shallow round bowl with one or two flat, usually decorative handles.
They were popular among the Europeans and Colonial Americans for eating gruel or
porridge. Today they are marketed as baby items.
Polishing: The process of refining a metal surface by use of abrasive compounds, whether done by hand or a
motorized polishing wheel. The finer the compound used, the brighter the finish.
Platter Tilter: A wedge shaped implement that is put under a platter so the platter sits at a tilted angle, causing
the juices or gravy to pool on one side or in the platter's well.
Provenance: The history of an item and record of prior ownership.
Prick Dot Engraving: A type of simple engraving with the use of a needle point resulting
in a series of dots.
Precious Metal: Gold, silver, and platinum are known as precious metals. Also called noble metals.
Punching: A decorative technique done by hand using a punch tool to make a series of dot shaped depressions.
Pseudo Hallmarks: Stamps that resemble British hallmarks which are added to silverplate items or old American
coin silver wares.
Punch Strainer: A long handled pierced strainer, appearing in America
in the mid-1700s, which would rest atop a punch bowl and would be used
to strain squeezed lemon, orange, and other juices directly into the punch
bowl. Earlier examples would have a simple hook for hanging on the side
of a punch bowl and no handles.
Punch Bowl: A large circular bowl for preparing and serving punch.
Putti: Pudgy little naked boy figures, usually winged, that originated in Italian
Renaissance art and used as a decorative motif. The singular is putto.
Puzzle Jug: A puzzle in the form of a small drinking jug. The object is to figure out how to
drink the contents of the jug without spilling it.
Pricket: The small point or spike on a candlestick for holding a candle in place.
Plique-a-jour: An enameling process where enamel is laid between metal filigree wires. The
result is a transparent enamel that allows light to shine through.
Pouncing: An overall punched decoration, coarser than matting.