WHAT IS PEWTER...?

Pewter is a metal which consists mainly of Tin with a small amount of Copper        and Antimony, 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      

Pewter is a low-maintenance metal which doesn't tarnish like silver.This means its easy to look after and doesn't require regular polishing

In comparison to other metals, Pewter has a low melting temperature, making it a very versatile metal which loves application of texture due to its softer qualities.

 

•   HOW TO LOOK AFTER PEWTER

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

 

  THE HISTORY OF PEWTER                                          

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, sytlish 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.