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

David Veasey for Liberty & Co., rare pair of Tudric pewter jug vases with elongated side handles and rope work collar, impressed mark 'Tudric 0213', approx 34.5 cm high (2)

Arts and craft pewter vase, by Ashberry pewter, 16.5 cm high approx

Art Nouveau pewter vase organic shape applied with girl with flowers in her hair signed, flora, height 42 cm

Woodbridge Art Ware baluster vase, along with a German stein, pewter plate, two brass frames, Moroccan water cup.

A Tudric pewter Art Nouveau vase, of circular shape with tall trumpet neck, two handles looped from mid-way on the neck and join the body in bifurcated tendrils which conjoin with an overhand knot motif. Impressed mark and No. 0214, attributed to Archibald

An English pewter vase, maker's mark lion pewter, conical form with a gently flared foot, all-over beaten surface. 20 cm high

Archibald Knox 1864-1933 a pewter and enamel vase for Liberty & Co., circa 1902, the cylindrical shaped vase on a tripod foot, cast in low relief with sinuous stylised foliage and enamel flowers, stamped English pewter '0927' together with an Archibald Kno

Liberty Tudric enamelled 'Mortar' vase on trifooted base, attributed to Archibald Knox. Height 11 cm

A Tudric Art Nouveau pewter vase with enamelling, designed by Archibald Knox, marked Tudric 0245. Height. 19.5 cm

English pewter Arts & Crafts vase with blue enamel decoration

Liberty pewter vase. Arts and crafts style, standing on three fins, with amber glass cabochons

A small three legged pewter vase stamped Connell 88, Cheapside

An English Art Nouveau Tudric spill vase, decorated with enamel applique, 15 cm high

A tudric pewter bud vase together with another similar pewter vase

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