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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Impressive twin-handled brass grain measure on stand. Engraved 'Imperial Bushel, Govt or cape of good Hope 1877', together with eight graduating grain measures and brass weights. Height 19 cm. Provenance: The Estate of the late Alida Haskins widow of Sam H

Set of 7 Victorian Government measures of capacity from Old Melbourne Observatory circa 1940. Gallon, half gallon, quart, pint, half pint, gill & half gill. In one box with glass strike discs. Each brass measure is hand engraved 'Imperial Standard, Victori

Two porcelain Imperial weights, 7lb & 4lb by W & T Avery, 19th century. Note, outlawed in 1907 as chipped weights lead to short measures.

A large brass two handle grain measure, inscribed 'Imperial Standard Bushell Victoria', fitted with a glass top, 25.5 cm high, 47.5 cm diameter

A Carrington cocktail shaker, together with silver plate measures, spill vases and a pair of deep dishes

Fitted box of seven brass weights, box stamped 'WEIGHTS AND MEASURES OFFICE TAMWORTH'. Weights range from 1lbs to 56 lbs.

Antique French six piece tole ware metal baking measures (6)

Copper measure stamped with broad arrow and British Ordnance

A set of 4 earthenware spirit barrels for pub dispensing. Unmarked but almost certainly Staffordshire 1850's. Each is fitted with its original tap and stand for the glass depth measure - each approx 6 gallons capacity. Removed from a pub in the Victorian G

A set of seven graduated of pewter measures, each of cylindrical flared form with handles.

A Victorian copper 1 gallon measure of traditional wide tapered form with flared ring base and pouring spout, the dovetail seam with brass showing, riveted handle, old lead seal marks. height 29 cm diameter 24.5 cm

A Victorian copper 2 gallon measure of traditional wide tapered form with flared ring base and pouring spout, the dovetail seam with brass showing, riveted handle, old lead seal marks. Height 35 cm diameter 28.5 cm

Victorian 2 gallon copper measure with Victorian touch marks

Victorian 1 gallon copper measure with Victorian touch marks

Gill bulbous measure with verification marks GR130, Kesteven County, half gill bulbous measure with verification marks VR130 and GR130 and a quarter gill bulbous measure with verification marks VR130 and GR130

19th century half pint size bulbous measure with verification marks VR92 and Glasgow Town mark

Footed measure with 'Broken' scroll handle with XXX quality mark to handle below rim, engraved initials Ajm, initially a christening mug

Quart size spouted measure with verification stamps Wm. IV and Norwich city mark, C.1820-1837

Hallmarked sterling silver silver millenium spirit measure. Height 7 cm. Weight 54gms

Pewter measure, Irish 'C.C. Crowned' verification marks on stamped 'Noggin' i.e. Noggin on gill capacity

Pewter measure, gill capacity, Irish verification marks 'C.C' (only clear) with Irish harp and Crown in the bulbous shape

19th century pint size bulbous measure with weight and verification marks, A97-Jan 1987, VR198, Boston and GR98 Bolton Lanes, maker unknown

Set of three pewter Irish haystack measures, pint, half pint and gill, makers name and touch rim 'Joseph Austin & Sons, Cork' Colt Op No. 153 C.1833 with all verification stamps on necks of all these.

Mid 19th century half pint bulbous measure with city of London verification mark VR2

19th century half pint size bulbous measure, W&M verification marks, Durham County VR155 and 157 and Er and GR597, maker James Yates, Birmingham

Early 19th century quart size bulbous measure with verification mark 'City of Bristol'

Quart size spouted measure, makers name on base 'Bowen' Colt Op. No. 26 C.1860

A graduated set of nine English pewter quart to quarter gill measures by Gaskell & Chambers, Birmingham circa 1880

A collection of assorted pewter measures, 18th to 19th century various sizes and shapes, (6)

A collection of assorted pewter measures, 18th to 19th century various sizes and shapes, (7)

Two 19th century graduated copper Haystack measures, the largest. Height 31 cm.

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