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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Selection of antique and vintage pewter wares, ink stands, mugs, tea pot, and early candle stick, etc. Approx 27 cm high and shorter

A pair of French pewter candlesticks. Height 28 cm

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

A James Yates quart pewter tankard and one other pewter candle stick spoons etc

A collection of objects, including a brass and onyx ink stand, tin glazed dish, pewter candle stick and a rock crystal

Two antique English pewter candlesticks with weighted base, circa 1820-1840 26 cm high

An early 19th century chamber candlestick in Old Sheffield plate pewter backed with a 'Dunce's cap' snuffer. Height 10.5 cm

Antique pewter candlesticks, antique measure and pewter jar and cover