What is pewter? 

Pewter is a relatively soft metal which consists mainly of Tin with a small amount of Copper which hardens the metal

Pewter used to contain Lead but since 1974 is now Lead-free, what we now call 'modern pewter' meaning it is safe to use with food and drink

Pewter has a low melting temperature and is a relatively soft metal

It is used to represent the 10th wedding anniversary due to its high tin content     

       

How to look after pewter

Modern pewter is a relatively low maintenance metal, to maintain your pewterware wash it in warm soapy water and dry with a soft cloth. Occasionally you can use a silver cloth or silver polish on your Pewter but this is not essential.

Pewter is not suitable for dishwashers

                

Pewter history 

Pewter is a metal which is steeped in British history and tradition. It was used as everyday tableware before china came into our households and was a regular feature on our tables. Pewter was used by the lower classes to copy the silver designs they often envied but couldn't afford.

Since the lead has been removed from Pewter it has undergone a soar in popularity and with more people looking for alternatives to precious metals such as Silver and Gold, pewter has come into its own. Now there is a thriving, close knit, British Pewter Industry which encompasses the pewter factories as well as the independent handcraft makers. The British Pewter industry strive to keep the traditional metalworking skills alive whilst makers, such as Ella, try to push the metal to different boundaries by combining these age-old skills with modern, stylish design.

 

Industry Regulators

The Pewter industry is closely regulated by the Worshipful Company of Pewterers, London and the Association of British Pewter Craftsmen. These bodies ensure the Pewter used complies with EU regulation, is fit for purpose and is of a high standard.