Silver plate (not to be confused with plate/platt with the meaning of “chart” or “map”).
On October 14, 1664 Pepys has a valuable insight. Silver plate and utensils are a convenient and useful way to use his savings, and the craftsmanship outweighs the value of the silver involved:
"Coming home, weighed, my two silver flaggons at Stevens’s. They weigh 212 oz. 27 dwt., which is about 50l., at 5s. per oz., and then they judge the fashion to be worth above 5s. per oz. more — nay, some say 10s. an ounce the fashion. But I do not believe, but yet am sorry to see that the fashion is worth so much, and the silver come to no more."
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.