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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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)

Arts and craft pewter vase, by Ashberry pewter, 16.5 cm high approx

Liberty Tudric enamelled 'Mortar' vase on trifooted base, attributed to Archibald Knox. Height 11 cm

English pewter Arts & Crafts vase with blue enamel decoration

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

A small three legged pewter vase stamped Connell 88, Cheapside

An English Art Nouveau Tudric spill vase, decorated with enamel applique, 15 cm high

A tudric pewter bud vase together with another similar pewter vase