garnish

In England, 15 – 17th century, a count of pewter ware, namely 12 platters, 12 dishes and 12 bowls.

Such furniture of household of this mettall [pewter] as we commonly call by the name of vessell is sold usuallie by the garnish, which doeth containe 12 platters, 12 dishes, 12 saucers.

William Harrison.
Description of England.
in Holinshed's Chronicles (1577).

Excerpt from the will of Margaret Horssey, 1541.

To Robert, son of William Horssey, six spones with greate knoppes, a flocke bedd half a garnyshe of pewter vessels, a cobberd, two latten basons, thre brason crockes and two tableclothes thone thereof dyaper, etc.

Excerpt from the will of John West, 1543.

To my niece Edith to her marriage a goblet parcel gilt, a saulte with a cover, a mazer, a fetherbed, half a garnish of pewter vessell being in my studie or in the custody of my sister Alyce) two croocks, two cawdrones and two pannes.

Both wills are in:
F. W. Weaver, editor.
Somerset Medieval Wills, Third Series, 1541 – 1558.
Somerset Record Society Volume 21.
By subscription. 1905.

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