It has a subtle beauty, is very tactile and comes in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. It often has a soft, lustrous sheen but the colour can alter depending on the conditions it has been kept in over the years making for a more interesting display.
As it was used throughout society, from royal households to the very poorest people, it gives areal link with the past and a sense of continuity with previous owners over many centuries.
With such a wide time span and variety of goods items can be found to suit every pocket.
Like silver, it is often stamped with maker's marks and engraved with ownner's marks which can be satisfying to identify.
It is low maintenance, being a very stable alloy, an occasional rub with a soft cloth or wash in warm, soapy water is usually sufficient to keep it looking attractive.
Help from the Pewter Society
The Society is willing to help members of the public identify individual items of pewter if we can.
This service is free, but it is not available to dealers nor to individuals if the sole purpose of the identification is to facilitate the sale of the item.