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Where to buy pewter

Specialist dealers

There is a small number of specialist dealers in pewterwares. These dealers generally know their subject and offer reliable pieces.

Auctions

The Society holds an auction at both main meetings of the year. Here, members can bid for a variety of wares and publications offered by other members. This is a good source of items and there is usually plenty of time to examine pieces and discuss them with fellow members.

Pewter can also be found at regular auction sales. Special pewter auctions are quite rare, but pewter lots turn up in general sales and sales of oak and country furniture. New collectors should be aware that only a couple of auction houses have a pewter specialist, so cataloguing can be unreliable and should never be taken at face value.

Ebay

Lots of pewter is for sale on this and other auction sites. Very much a case of caveat emptor since, although vendors do not necessarily set out to deceive buyers, experience has shown that the majority of pieces are incorrectly described. Nevertheless, good purchases can be made.

Antiques Fairs

Held all over the country – lucky finds are unusual but there are often run-of-the-mill items to be found which a new collector may be keen to add to a growing collection. Unless the stallholder is a pewter specialist, one should be sceptical about his or her knowledge. 

Antiques shops

As above.