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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Four pewter plates, English and Irish marks, 18th and 19th century, largest 24 cm diameter, Provenance: Property of a Gentleman, Melbourne

Pewter L'Iniment Geneau Paris Horse plate, approx 27 cm long, 20 cm wide

Antique 18th century pewter plate, impressed 'Botany Bay Bounty in Distress', with a later engraving of the Ship and sea monster, marked reverse London, Crowned x approx 22 cm dia, NB has been lacquered

Early large porcelain & pewter Turkey plate. Blue & white decorated plate, inset to pewter reservoir for hot water (cap missing). Dual handled & quad footed.

Six 19th century European pewter plates, five midisize with stamped touchmarks, one dated 1874 and an older large soupbowl c. 1,800. Diameters 22.5 cm and 29 cm

Good collection of antique French pewter scalloped edged dishes (6) 14 cm Dia 17 cm x 11 cm

Attrib Liberty Tudric Arts and Crafts pewter bowl. Stamped to base 'English pewter 01130, made in England' stylised decoration over 5 feet. Rim slightly out of shape. Height 16 cm Wt. 24g

An antique pewter 'Sadware' plate, 18th century, with touchmarks Bv centred with an emblematic mark with letters MC, the sadware with a cast single reed rim with a shallow bouge to a flat dish; marked underside. Diameter 24 cm.

Large Georgian pewter jug, c:1820, 17 cm high approx. together with a Georgian pewter sugar bowl

Three Georgian large pewter circular serving dishes, circa 1820, with various marks verso, 42 cm diameter

A pewter two handled quaich, circa 1820, 16 cm wide and a bowl, 11.5 cm diameter

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

A Victorian pewter meat cover, by James Dickson & Sons, on a pottery meat plate, 47 x 32 cm

A pewter quaich, early 18th century, 18 cm wide and a circular bowl, 14 cm diameter

Three pewter circular plates, early 19th century, approximately 21 cm diameter, and five small dishes

A Victorian meat platter in Greek revival taste with pewter stand, circa 1850, 53 cm wide

A rare 17 th century pewter wriggle work engraved plate with a Dutch tulip and makers stamp. circa 1680, 22 cm diameter

A Georgian pewter warming dish on stand, circa 1820, 21 cm diameter, and 4 dinner plates, 24 cm diameter, all late 17th/early 18th century

Large 17th century oval pewter charger, 62 cm by 48 cm, together with later stand

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

Yates and birch, London, large pewter charger, approx 37.5 cm dia

Pewter plate, 19th century with 'Franklin' etched in the centre. From a private collection in Tasmania this plate is purported to have belonged to Sir John Franklin Polar Explorer & Governor of Van Diemen's Land. Franklin headed the ill fated 1845 Northwes

An interesting antique pewter plate c1813 inscribed 'Das' Gebet' 'Der drei Monarchen zu probsfheide an 18 Oktober 1813' (the prayer for the monarchs)

Antique and vintage serving dish, pewter, approx 38 cm dia and smaller (3)

Glass and pewter duck decanter and a fruit bowl, approx 33 cm diameter (2)

An Art Nouveau English pewter dish with a clover border and blue enamelled centre. Length 28 cm

Six antique pewter plates, approx 32 cm diameter and smaller (6)

Pair of French pewter jugs and a platter, approx 18 cm high, each (3)

8 various pewter items, including 6 matching English tankards; lidded Italian carafe; & Dutch swing handled dish. Height 23 cm (carafe)

An 18th century pewter charger of large size maker William Smith London 1730 43 cm diameter

Pewter bowl stamped hallmarked sterling lion with broad arrow

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

Set of six antique French graduating pewter lidded canisters, pewter baluster jug & large fish serving platter (8)