Kings and Queens Pewter Tankard

Our best selling tankard has made a return
The Kings and Queens Tankard.
1 pint capacity pewter tankard complete with history lesson!
Body of tankard is embossed with the names and dates of Englands Monarchs from 1066 – William I to our present day Queen Elizabeth II.

https://www.pewterworld.co.uk/Tankards/MidRangePewterTankards/KingsAndQueensPewterTankard

Kings and Queens Pewter Tankard

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New Range of Butterfly Products

A new range of products has just been added to the website .

Some of the items include photo frames and flasks ..Check the out at Pewter World.Engraving is also available for most of them in certain places as butterflies cover most of the product

Butterfly Pewter Picture Frame (M)

Butterfly Pewter Pocket Flask 4oz

Butterfly Triple Pewter Picture Frame

Butterfly Pewter Trinket Box

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New Whisky Glasses

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We have just added a new range of whisky glasses which are boxed and ready to go

http://www.pewterworld.co.uk/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=1&keyword=Whisky+Glass&x=10&y=18

 

 

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A History Of Pewter

Due to the lack of written chronicles in the period known as the Dark Ages, there is a veil over the inception and history of Pewter manufacture and usage in Europe.
However, we know that by the 14th Century AD, Pewter was being widely used in place of wood and pottery for tableware and other household purposes.

The composition of early Roman Pewter ware was variable to say the least, and it commonly contained as much as 20% to 30% of Lead. There are, however, serious problems when using objects with a high Lead content in the Pewter, as the Toxicity of the Lead renders it undesirable for drinking vessels or liquid measures.
Lead also causes Pewter to tarnish readily and to blacken with age, which gave rise to the image of Pewter as a ‘dull grey metal’. Furthermore, Lead is both cheaper and denser than tin, and therefore gives a false appearance of value for money. Throughout the Middle Ages, it was one of the main aims of the Pewterers’ Craft Guilds,to limit the Lead content of the metal they used by imposing penalties on Members who debased their alloys.

Craft Guilds sprang up throughout Europe, as Craftsmen banded together to protect their Craft secrets, to uphold production standards and to regulate social conduct.
Typical of the disciplines imposed on the Members of a Guild, is the system employed by the Worshipful Company of Pewterers of London. They were formed in 1348, and received a Charter granted by the Sovereign in 1473, which empowered the Company to seize and destroy Pewter below a certain standard, and also to impose fines and other penalties on its Members for failing to uphold the Craft. From 1503, an Act of Parliament required Members of the Company to register their ‘Touch-marks’, which were ‘to be recorded on Tablets of Pewter’ and kept at the Hall of the Guild. The use of a Maker’s Touch-mark on his products served not only to safeguard the Craftsman, but also enable the public to have confidence in the quality of the product.

The Association of British Pewter Craftsmen have also adopted the device of ‘Touch-marks’ or Trade Marks, which are restricted to their Members, and indicate compliance with the Standards and Objects of the Association. These Registered Designs that may appear on literature and labels, as well as stamped on individual Pewter-ware, supplement any Maker’s identifying or Trade Mark
and form an additional Guarantee of Quality. Another concern of the Association of British Pewter Craftsmen, is to regulate the purity of their alloys. They are re-enforcing their efforts, by supporting the introduction of National Standards to define the composition of modern Pewter alloys.
Throughout its long history, both the designs of Pewter and the precise composition of the alloys used have varied from time to time. At one stage it was common to distinguish between ‘Fine Pewter’, which was an alloy of Tin hardened with Copper in definite and recognizable proportions, and ‘Common Pewter’, which had a proportion of Lead. In Britain in the middle of the 16th Century, a Fine Pewter with a bright finish was developed, which was an alloy of Tin with a small quantity of Antimony and no Lead. This became known as Britannia Metal. It was harder than ordinary Pewter and amenable to spinning techniques.

The last few decades of the 20th Century, saw a remarkable resurgence of interest in Pewter. Its production moved from the small scale aspect of the past, into a modern industry.
Long established Pewterers are still to this day expanding and modernizing their methods, whilst upholding their traditions of fine workmanship.
New entrants into the industry are introducing new marketing and manufacturing methods, in order to cater for the wishes of a new generation of purchaser.

Website Pewter World

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New Wine Glasses with Different Quotes

Just arrived to Pewter World.

New wines glasses with funny quotes written on the pewter base

You can view the new products HERE

Would make the perfect gift for the wine connoisseur

Pewter wine glass

Pewter wine glass

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PEWTER THE WORLD OF a guest blog


Pewter as we know it has been around since about the Bronze Age, the first piece was found in Egypt around the 1450s the metal itself in its raw form consists of mostly tin and other materials are added such as copper,lead, and even sometimes silver is added to the mix. The metal materials have a low melting point from 170 degrees to around 240 degrees, the temperature is different because the different mixtures used need differing heat to smelt compared to some other metals, and the word itself pewter is a variation on spelter which is also a term used for mixed zinc alloy materials.
The first constituents of the pewter world started of with two types of pewter the best being table ware pewter, this was a high content of tin and copper mixed together to give a metal hard and sturdy which was found to be easy to polish and has the silver type look the less amount of copper used the duller the metal. Then there’s trifle pewter this contains lead in the mixture but the lead has to be of a low level as the metal is used to make items such as plates and bowls which would have contact with food. The last of the three grades is the highest in lead and called lay metal, this pewter is not used for items that are for human consumption.As the metal is much cheaper to make than others it has been very popular through the centuries, starting in Asia then making the route through Europe the metal then went on to be used the world over from the Middle Ages and just like bronze pewter started losing out when the invention of porcelain paved a way for cheaper table ware etc but was still used as an alloy used for silver plated piece. The 19th century gave birth to the newly spun pewter ware pieces due to the rise of the Industrial Age where these pieces could be made and finished off in a much quicker time with mainly finishing (hand polishing) and soldering being done by human hand.It was the 19th century that pewter saw a revival as ancient artefacts tomb findings and other mediaeval pieces were starting to be copied and by using this cheaper form of metal pieces that would be found only in museums could be copied and bought by the every day person to adorn their homes and now there are even pewter collectors that collect mainly old antique pieces which is the same I think in most collections and brings me on to the pieces we have at Collectibulldogs.

Unofficially this guest blogger owns England’s largest private bulldog collection at www.collectibulldogs.com and as the owner and curator I have often wondered just how many different pieces I have in the collection made from different materials, pewter is a metal I have to say I do not have loads of but I do have a few I can share and I believe most originate from the USA where the raw materials are most properly cheaper than other parts of the world. I think my pieces are made using the lay metal type of pewter, they are small in size and quite heavy which makes me think they have a high lead content but I am not a Profesional in metals so cannot be sure other than I know they are pewter.

Today pewter is still widely used I see it all the time in my field of collecting and in others and there are many companies out there still producing fine pewter pieces and some by using the older traditional methods to give the piece that hand made feel and most pieces you will find are like most other metals and stamped accordingly, there are no markings like you find on silverware but usually the makers name and factory where it was made instead. If you like the pieces shown and want to see more please feel free to come and see Collectibulldogs it’s a world class collection I have put together as a nest egg for my daughters future but until then I’ve made this website free for all to see, I normally end my blogs with happy collecting but I think this time I will thank pewter world for letting me guest blog for them I hope I get asked again so till next time folks………..

Eiffion Ashdown
Eiffion

 

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Cornish Pewter Brooches

Just arrived to Pewter World . 3 lovely styled Brooches which are all made by hand in the heart of Cornwall.

All are dispatched by Royal Mail within 2 working days

Cornish Chough Pewter Brooch

Cornish Chough Pewter Brooch

 

Hare Brooch

Hare Brooch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zennor Mermaid Pewter Brooch

Zennor Mermaid Pewter Brooch

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The new trend of Pewter products

 

Ever thought of something tangible, crafty enough for use and can also be kept as a treasure? Or
maybe an item that portrays an awesome lot of meaning than it appears.?
Consider objects fabricated from pewter. Some items give lasting memories than others not because
they are pricey and speaking apparently about cost, pewter made merchandise are inexpensive as
compared to merchandise made from its comparable counterpart, Silver, or maybe because they are
time-venerated and represent tradition. You probably be wondering what form of materials/metals is
pewter fabricated from or maybe made of. Well, pewter is a malleable alloy composed of majorly tin,
with copper, antimony and bismuth represented in minute percentages and usually lead free for present
day use. Pewter has history, which could serve as a guide for where we are coming from and wherein we
are headed. Pewter has been used in the making of housewares since time immemorial, first piece was
found in an Egyptian tomb as far back as the 1450 B.C. used in the ancient world by Egyptians and later
the Romans. In Europe, it was an ostentatious item that was only for the affluent could afford, its
popularity in the household and tavern however dwindled due to the fact that it contained lead and also
attributable to the arrival of porcelain which was taken into consideration as a replacement for the
noxious pewter in the making of household wares. In latest years, the lead constituent of pewter has
been done away with as only the purest of tin ore is now used to produce pewter with the minute quantities
of lead removed in the refinement process.
Pewter products present with features a number of which include:

  • They are less pricey as compared to wares made from silver.
  • They are quite difficult to break due to its copper and antimony constituents.
  • They are effortlessly formed into special designs because of its malleability and somewhat low melting point.
  • The present day pewter contains no lead as such doesn’t get dark appearances and can be burnish to enhance its attraction.
  • These products are exceptional and would continue to be reckoned with as they are object seldom found around.
  • It bears a warm, hand crafted appearance.

Today, product designs made of Pewter is back and better, Pewter world ( www.pewterworld.co.uk ) takes us
back in time, helping us relive the past, getting us in touch with tradition, appreciating the creative
work of art with the advanced quality of pewter containing no lead, made in Sheffield by expert craftsmen.
Fine, and quality tankards that no longer give metallic tang whilst used to serve drinks, portable Hip
flasks which could be engraved with touch marks, unique Goblets that stand out at dinners, social gatherings
and children’s gifts of amazing crafts and a selection of Pewter jewellery from Scotland and Cornwall.
Other Pewter products available include Certificate holders, Decanters, Key rings, Picture frames, Shells,
Tableware, Vases, Trophies, Hip flasks, Drams, Letter opener, BarwareGift boxes,
Glasses, Flutes, Plinth’s, Quaich’s, Shaving and Trinket Boxes.
They are time-commemorated products yet meeting the needs of the current generation. Antique but not obsolete.

 

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