This web site hopes to provide simple and introductory information to those who might be curious about the old pewter that they come across and to this extent the purpose of this web site is -
To nurture nascent interest in British Antique Pewter, and to leave the reader a little hungry for more, but with good clues where to find it....
Because of the international nature of this web-site we have decided to make all the articles easier for the world to be able to read, to this end we have converted them into Adobe PDF file format for easier viewing and printing, in case you can not open the files then please click the Adobe Logo
Articles - Spring/Summer 2017
This website now offers information about Old Pewter which is now more than 10 thousand pages of A4 and many thousands of photographs and illustrations.
It is likely with so much information on this website, and with it not really well set out by myself, that some information has been duplicated. If you think it has – then likely it has - apologies if you find your time wasted! WORD SEARCH THIS WEBSITE USING THE SEARCH BOX AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE
Readers should always cross check the information given with what is known today especially as regards marks. New information constantly arises.
OLD PEWTER MARKS AND HOW TO DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE OLD PEWTERERS AND THEIR MARKS
If you want more detail on Old British Pewterers' Makers' Marks then some collectors still think and might tell you that the H H Cotterell book of 1929 - "Old Pewter: Its Makers and Marks" - will still provide this. Indeed it alone did so for many years. However whereas that had information on 9000 British pewterers, the UK Pewter Society data base now has some detail of 18,000 pewterers, including some family trees, relationships, apprenticeships, sometimes examples of individuals work. It includes over 8000 examples of pewterer's MARKS and wares.
This database alone offers real detail on many more pewterers and thus the marks you see on your pewter left by the maker begin to have much more meaning. See -http://www.pewtersociety.org/
This website has no approval from or direct relationship with the UK Pewter Society, although various articles were written by Pewter Society members and the Acting Librarian has provided encouragement and material used.
NEW WEBSITE ARTICLES FOR 2017
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PLEASE NOTE WELL - Writers for this web site generally have no objection to people downloading their pictures for personal use or research and study. Pictures/Photos should not be used in any other publication without copyright permission from the author - this website will provide contact details to genuine requests.
My e-mail address is (firstname.lastname@example.org). I do sometimes buy or advise on collections within the UK. I try to reply to all e-mails, though it might take time. My knowledge is limited, but where I do not know the answer I hope to direct those with queries to where answers can be found.
This web site has no financial connection whatsoever with any sites listed below. A link is given because of the range and quality shown or for the reasons stated. Any other web sites of similar quality will be linked here on request, in similar circumstances and if the link is reciprocated. This website offers no views as to the prices offered by any of these websites but includes them here believing them to be useful to those interested.
- are producing an email of magazine style that offers news regarding today's Pewterers and about this long established and senior organization in the world of Pewter. This is the successor to the Guild of old, and is still very active today from a fine building in the centre of London. Please copy and paste this link into your internet address bar (or in google - or your search engine)
Pewter of The Western World, 1650-1800 by Peter R G Hornsby. I would like to thank the late Jennifer M Hornsby for allowing me to use her copyright to the text and illustrations in this renowned Pewter book from time to time in articles on this website. As a thank you to her, I mentioned here a children’s book she had written ‘The Bogle Wogles’ based on stories told to their children by her husband Peter.
Some of the experiments and attempts at renovation have involved personal risk. I tell it as I found it. This is definitely not to encourage others to do as I did. I would advise others to take good advice on matters of electricity, electrolysis, and any products or methods I have used. I do not accept any responsibility for what you might attempt and urge you not to proceed without understanding, guidance or sound information from qualified people.