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 Coffee Pots

Before the invention of the dripolator, percolator and the expresso machine, the roasted and ground coffee beans were placed in a pot, and hot water was added, to infuse the water with the coffee. After the coffee had brewed it was ready for pouring, a similar process to that used to make tea now. It was not until the invention of the percolator in the late 19th century, that use of the coffee pot began to decline. From the early 18th century to the end of the 19th century, coffee pots were produced in silver, silver plate and by most of the major ceramics producers who produced dinnerware, including Wedgwood, Royal Worcester and Belleek.
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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

Arts & Crafts Tudric pewter 4 piece teaset comprising of teapot (13.5cm wide), milk jug, sugar bowl and dish, as inspected

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

Antique pewter teapot with figural 'Spaniel' finial to lid, has old 1974 invoice inside

Chinese carved coconut inlaid pewter teapot and bowl. Width 16.5 cm max

An antique pewter water urn and cover, 19th century, indistinct figural maker's mark, French or English, the pear-shaped body with a pair of scrolling handles and a single spout with tap, on three scrolling supports with turned boxwood feet, the domed cove

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

Arts & Crafts movement English hammered pewter teapot & sugar bowl

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)

Early 19th century pewter teapot (Britannia metal) with black wooden handle, maker James Dixon & Son, Sheffield

18th century pewter teapot French, broad pear shaped with banks of reeding on upper waist, hinged domed cover with central finial, makers mark on base, 8 inches high overall (handle originally bound in ralton)

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

English pewter six piece tea and coffee set decorated with stylised Art Nouveau tendrils and enamel plaques, impressed marks and number 0231

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