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 18th century pewter tappit-hen of globular form, 28 cm high

A pair of French pewter lidded jugs, each marked 'Litre' and with touch marks, each 21 cm high

A 'Tudric' pewter Archibald Knox design large jug, the hinged lid with flaring thumbpiece, the tapered body with traditional restrained design at the base with enamelled cabochons, some missing, woven cane handle, minor loss. Impressed marks includ

A 19th-century Dutch pewter lidded jug, of baluster form with shell thumb piece. Makers touchmarks F&C. Height 22.5 cm

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

A Georgian fine and rare large pewter lidded jug with anthemion thumb piece, circa 1790, 30 cm high

Old pewter ale jug with rams head finial, approx 25 cm high

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

Two antique early pewter pint jugs, each approx 12.5 cm high (2)

Collection of antique and vintage pewter mugs, jugs, salts etc

Pewter mounted lidded jug along with a tri form censer, approx 14 cm high and shorter (2)

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)

A Tudric pewter and green glass small wine jug, possibly an Archibald Knox design, the hinged lid with raised thumbpiece, the top and base mounts with raised heart motif and floral designs, the flared circular base marked beneath with impressed number 0330

A collection of eight pewter items, comprising jug, tureen and tankards

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

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

Archibald Knox, English pewter lidded jug, with enamel decoration and woven cane handle

A pair of 18th century pewter flagons initialled and with touch marks to base. 23 cm high

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

American pewter Prairie school pitcher, circa 1930- 40. Flattened oval form with Navajo Indian male and female design. Unknown makers mark to base. Height 20 cm

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

Victorian. Great Exhibition pewter and amber glass wine jug. Ornate mask decorated in pewter. Marked 'The Great Exhibition 1851' and 'Handb' to underside. Height 40 cm

A German Art Nouveau pewter jug, with stylised raised tendril pattern. Marked Kayserzinn 4402. Length 14 cm

Early 19th century pewter cream jug engraved floral design, pot bellied shape, standing on four feet in the shape of lions heads with manes

Pewter lidded flagon litre capacity, French made in Orleans c1757 (makers initials on base J.C.) twin acorn thumb piece to hinged cover

A pewter wine jug with decorative handle. Height 24 cm

A late 19th century pewter Flagon, the lobed body beneath a hinged cover, flanked by a scroll handle with an acorn-cast thumb piece, raised on a circular foot. Height 33. 5 cm