Learn about Pewter

Pewter is an alloy of tin hardened with small amounts of other metals such as copper, lead, zinc, antimony and sometimes silver. The craft of pewtering started in antiquity - the earliest known item, a flask dating from c1450 BC, was found in Egypt.

Pewter is believed to have been introduced to Britain by the Romans, who exploited the main source of tin in Europe at the time, which was in Cornwall. The craft fell into decline after the Romans withdrew from Britain but it is thought that the Cistercian monks reintroduced it after the Norman Conquest in AD 1066.

Known as "the poor man's silver", production spread throughout the country with a wide range of mainly domestic goods being made.

In the year 1348 Articles were granted to the Worshipful Company of Pewterers in London, which enabled them to control the quality of pewter. Two grades of pewter were specified, and then later a further grade was added, and these three grades were adhered to until the 20th century. more...
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Four items of Chinese pewter, comprising a circular tea canister, circa 1880 by Kutching, Swatow, 11 cm high, and engraved glass bottom mug, 10 cm high, a hexagonal tea pot, 9 cm high and a vase, 4 cm high

Four piece Dutch pewter tea service, to include a coffee pot,teapot, sugar, and creamer

Pewter quart tavern pot (Provenance: Fitz Patrick's Inn, Westbury) Georgian C.1830

Early 19th century pewter cream jug engraved floral design, pot bellied shape, standing on four feet in the shape of lions heads with manes

19th century pewter pepper pot 4' high, pot bellied shape with screw on castor

19th century pewter pepper pot 5 3/4 inches high conical finial

19th century pewter condiment pot 4' high with domed castor top

Victorian. Pewter coffee pot (used on steam boat) by Shaw and Fisher of Sheffield