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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An Art Nouveau pewter tray, circa 1900, the silvered scrolled and pierced tray with a winged fairy grasping a water iris by a pond; marked MH20 underside and with possibly a spread eagle stamp. Height 27 cm. Width 28.5 cm

Art Nouveau silverplated liqueur set. 8 pce's, WMF jug and tray, and 6 Kayser goblets on tray. Wear. Height 23 cm. (jug)

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

An English Art Deco four piece beaten pewter tea service by Manor period pewter teapot with ebony handles, milk & sugar and an oval tray. Circa 1920, retailed by Mappin & Webb - (4)

An English pewter (Tudric) tray designed by Archibald Knox, shaped rectangular form with bar form handles and stylised decoration to the corners. Stamped impressed marks including Solkets and model # 0376.49.5 x 31.5 cm

Art Nouveau figural maiden tray c. 1910, cast pewter possibly German, faint makers mark. Height 10 cm. Length 14.5 cm

An 18th century pewter wall cistern and tray with tap and spherical finial

An antique Continental pewter tray with scalloped edge 19th century engraved initials and stamped touch marks 26 cm diameter

An English pewter tazza on stepped base 18th century 1740-1760 7 x 21 cm 7 cm high, 21 cm diameter

Arts & Crafts style pewter shallow dish enamel decorated together with a pewter tazza and hand beaten shaped bowl

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