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...

Learn about Tudric

In 1903 Liberty & Co. released a range of high quality pewter under the name "Tudric". Apart from its interesting Art Nouveau Celtic inspired designs, Tudric pewter differed from other pewter as it had a high silver content. Much of it was designed by Archibald Knox, whose services Liberty & Co. had engaged from 1898 onwards. It was produced for Liberty by William Haseler of Birmingham. See also: Liberty & Co.

Learn about Liberty & Co.

The world renowned department store Liberty, was originally founded in 1875 as a furniture and drapery shop in Regent Street, London and was known as "East India House".

The business was established by Arthur Lazenby Liberty, (1843-1917). As the original name of the shop suggests, there was a strong emphasis on Oriental & Moorish objects, furniture and fabrics as well as more traditional European items. Under the heading of "curios", he also sold Japanese bric-a-brac of all kinds.

East India House was one of the first major shops to stock extensively products of the Arts and Crafts movement. Goods subsequently produced for Liberty showed both Oriental and Arts and Crafts influence.

In 1884 Liberty opened a costume department and in 1885 a wallpaper department.

Liberty commissioned leading designers of the time to create carpets, ceramics, clothing, furniture, silver and wallpaper exclusively for them.

In 1889 Liberty opened a branch in Paris which was instrumental in exposing Europeans to English Art Nouveau style. more...
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An Arts and Crafts pewter rectangular dish with glass liner and spoon, stamped Tudric circa 1890, made by Liberty and Co of London, 19 cm wide

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)

Liberty & Co.Tudric pewter mantel clock by Archibald Knox, tapering from with copper and turquoise enamel dial and stylised Art Nouveau tree to the body, stamped no 01144

Liberty & Co. Tudric biscuit barrel square-shaped detachable lid with stylised handle raised floral decoration to the body

Liberty & Co. Inkwell and Identical other. Silver plated pewter inkwell, whiplash decoration, marked Liberty & Co. 0521 (major silver loss and pitting); and identical unbranded and unsilvered, marked English pewter 0521. Both have original glass inserts. D

A Pair of Arts & Craft Pewter Candelabra designed by Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co, each with two scrolled arms with detachable sconces supported on columns with openwork leaves on a pierced rectangular base, stamped English Pewter 0530, 29 cm high (2)

Two Liberty 'Tudric' pewter covered tankards, early 20th century, each with Art Nouveau low-relief decoration and cane-wrapped handles, one with blue foil-backed cabochons, stamped marks and numbers underside each. Height 15.5 cm, and slightly shorter

Tudric pewter four piece teaset for Liberty & Co consists of associated tray, teapot, hot water jug, sugar & creamer & stamped 01386 to base. Dimensions of tray 41 x 21 cm

Pair of hammered pewter candlesticks by Liberty & Co, Tudric (Art Nouveau Period)

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

Tudric pewter biscuit barrel for Liberty & Co. Height 14 cm stamped to base 0194

Tudric pewter cigarette box with enamelled plaque of pond scene, possibly for Liberty

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

Tudric (possibly for Liberty) pewter stylised floral tea caddy

Tudric pewter mantle clock with blue and green enamel decorations, copper ring, designed for Liberty by Archibald Knox 1905, 20.5 cm height

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