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Pewter Handles

HISTORY OF PEWTER

The first known record of a pewter article was the discovery of a bottle in an Egyptian tomb believed to date back to l45OBC. It is a flask shaped utensil with hinged lid and two handles, and when analysed was found to be comparable with early 19th century pewter.

Pewter was introduced into Britain around the 2nd century A.D. by the Romans but it wasn't until the 13th century that significant production began. By then, pewter was beginning to be widely used for items such as chalices, pilgrim badges and other ecclesiastical items. From the fourteenth century pewter manufacture grew rapidly and almost every market town of any size would have a pewterer in its craft guild. In 1474 the London Pewterers 'purchased' from King Edward IV a royal charter for the legal control of pewter manufacture - the birth of the Worshipful Company of Pewterers, which is still going strong to this day.

In these early times pewter contained lead which gave the metal the dark appearance associated with old pieces. Today's lead free pewter is capable of being brightly polished which gives it its long lasting appeal.

Further developments took place until, by the seventeenth century there was scarcely a household in Britain that did not possess some items of pewter; plates, bowls, candlesticks, buttons - everyday items. Tableware and holloware accounted for the majority of pewter manufacture from then until the late nineteenth an twentieth centuries when other materials took over the role of pewter. It seems strange that now only the tankard and Spirit Flask are the major items of pewter in manufacture, although in recent years there has been a noticeable trend in development of products away from these.




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Valencia white bone, Grey crackle with antique pewter 0

Valencia white bone, Grey crackle with antique pewter

An elegant suite of handles comprising of knobs, cruciforms, D handles and drop handles in a combination of porcelain and metal. Looks equally...
£3.99

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Vesontio 0

Vesontio

Vesontio 0115267 Model Vesontio Drilling distance 128 Width 24 Length 148 Height 28 Thread depth 8 Material Zinc Finish Pewter coloured
£9.33

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