Metals

Pewter 19th Century

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

Pewter 1600-1800

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

About Pewter

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

Fakes, Forgeries & Reproductions of Pewter

Every collector has made mistakes and been caught out at some time, often more than once and it should not be considered a mark of shame, rather, experience!
Firstly, one needs to understand the difference between the terms:
A reproduction is a modern copy of a period piece following original styles Read more

Pewter Touchmarks

A touch mark is a pewterer’s “trade mark” and often, but not always, includes the name or initials of the pewterer. In London and Edinburgh pewterers had to record their touch marks on special plates, and we know the names of most of those who did so.
However, that practice Read more

How Pewter is Made

SPINNING: Flat discs of pewter are clamped into a lathe against a wood or metal form called a “chuck”. A hand spinning tool is then pressed against the turning disc with a series of carefully executed sweeps and movements to turn the pewter down over the chuck to form Read more

Collecting Pewter

Themes for the Specialist Collector
There are lots of themes which lead to specialist collecting and it is often the social context which, in turn adds interest.
Measures

The capacities of vessels for both liquid and dry goods have been regulated for centuries and pewter was a suitably durable and inexpensive metal Read more

Caring for Antiques – Looking after Metal

Metalware
Individual metals react at different rates and in different ways to natural conditions, and their care, handling and restoration varies accordingly.
Despite their apparent toughness, metals can be scratched, dented or fractured, or may corrode. If metals are combined with other materials, as in jewellery or furniture, care must be Read more

The Correct Way to Polish Silver

There are a number of methods for removing tarnish from sterling silver. Remember do not do any harm.
A valuable antique can be reduced to a worthless piece of slag. Countless people over the centuries have destroyed works of art by rough polishing. In fact, the word polishing should be Read more

Methods to Avoid When Cleaning Silver

Wheel Polishing
This is best to be avoided as it can render a piece less valuable. Even some professionals can overuse the wheel and result in the loss of valuable information on the surface.In cases of extreme tarnish and/or corrosion, it may be necessary to take the item to a Read more