How to identify marks on pewter

British and Irish pewter is often unmarked.  If marks are present, they can help in identifying when and where the item was made or used.  Marks fall into 3 broad categories.  Click on the links to work out what kinds of marks you’ve got on your pewter.

Pewterers’ marks

Verification and capacity marks, often including a crown over the initials of a king or queen, or the symbol of a local authority.

Ownership marks such as stamped initials, inscriptions, monograms and coats of arms.

Marks on non-British/Irish pewter can be similar to those on British and Irish pewter, but often countries or regions had their own approach to marking.