These are the most important marks to be found on pewter. ‘Touch marks’ or ‘touches’ as they are known are the maker’s marks and take their name from official ‘touch plates’ on which they were stamped when being registered at Pewterers’ Hall.The earliest touch plates dated from the beginning Read more
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Sterling has long been the recognized standard for solid silver although in present day America with free time at a premium, fewer people own sterling. By law sterling must be 925 parts pure silver and 75 parts alloy, usually copper, which provides the strength and hardness as pure silver Read more
Pewterers’ marks fall into five broad categories: touch marks, hallmarks, quality marks, labels and catalogue numbers. Below is an example of the marks of a pewterer who used four of these five types of marks (touch mark, hallmark, quality mark and a label).
For most pewter, the best guide to Read more
Most Collectors tend to have a preference for British & Irish pewter but most will extend this interest and have somewhere in their collections one or more items from Europe or America.
Pewterwares were made in virtually all European countries, especially in the north, and examples will be found throughout Read more
How you care for your pewter depends on the appearance you wish to achieve and maintain. In daily use, pewter was kept bright and polished and some collectors prefer this appearance. Pewter does not tarnish like silver, so a periodic clean with an all-purpose metal (not silver) polish will Read more
Pewter is frequently found without a single mark, top, bottom, inside or out.
Much is laden with a wide variety of intriguing numbers, letters, words, and symbols that provides clues to maker, age, origin, and use. The following is an introduction to British pewter marks with references for pewter marks Read more
There are lots of examples of pewter wares from this period around. Few families have not had in their cupboards at one time or another beer mugs or parts of a pre-war pewter tea service. Many of these are good quality and aesthetically pleasing; however, the variety is limited Read more
It is from this century that most budding enthusiasts will start their collection and many will not venture much further because of the varied subject matter and the ready availability of items.
Pub tankards, mugs and measures were made all over the country in the 19th century: although mass-produced crockery Read more
The early part of this period is described as the Golden Age for pewter manufacture, a time when even grand houses used pewter as well as silver for domestic use and a time which preceded the introduction of mass-produced ceramic wares, which ultimately replaced pewter, especially plates and drinking Read more
Pewter is a metal alloy, traditionally between 85 and 99 % tin, with the remainder consisting of 1-4 % copper, acting as a hardener, with the addition of lead for the lower grades of pewter and a bluish tint. There were three grades: Fine, for eatingware, with 96-99 % Read more