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Last Updated 30-05-2018

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 getadobe

Articles - Spring/Summer 2018

This website now offers information about Old Pewter which is now more than 12 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 2018

Just click on the underlined PDF link in column 3 below to read the article.

Please do allow time for each PDF to download - the more 'pages' quoted the longer it will take.

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.

NEWS - WE HAVE SEVERAL DUTCH ITEMS OF OLD PEWTER TO SHOW THIS YEAR BECAUSE WE FOUND THEM INTERESTING AND WE WERE SENT THEM.

NEWS - SEVERAL REQUESTS FOR SCANS OF OLD PHOTOGRAPHS HAS LED TO THE INTRODUCTION OF THIS SECTION - PHOTOGRAPHS - SO TITLED BECAUSE THE STORE OF THESE PHOTOS OFFERS NO OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THEM UNLESS IT IS TO THE BACK OF THE PHOTO AND MANY TIMES THERE IS NOTHING TO THE BACK - SO A TYPE OF PHOTO ONLY SECTION

NEWS - Not everyone wants to join the UK Pewter Society to access the data base and even knowing what is written above are content to access the Howard H Cotterell book. Thus, for the first time ever this book is now accessible on this website. It should be word searchable and you should be able to copy marks and details, or even download for your own occasional use. Just remember please – it is out of date, shows less than half known old pewterers and can be inaccurate.

H H Cotterell book of 1929 - "Old Pewter: Its Makers and Marks"

A RECOMMENDATION - (UNRELATED TO THE ABOVE) TRY THIS WEBSITE AND TAKE THE TOUR! -www.aewilliamspewter.com
This is not a comment on products and prices – readers should satisfy themselves as to value. We have bought from them.

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2) Spring and Summer 2018

3) Equivalent pages of A4 added = 2155

Home Page

Introduction - Simple Index

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INTERESTING PIECES

A welcoming guild ship

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Benetier

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Bird seed holders

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Chalices - A selection of photos (mostly without information)

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A doll’s house at York Museum (photo only)

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Dutch coffee urn barrel shaped

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A Swiss Guild lighting candelabra

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The Haworth “Grimshaw” Old pewter church communion flagons

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The Isher commemorative charger

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REGIONAL PEWTER

A search for York Acorn pewter communion flagons (edited)

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The “Penington” type of York acorn flagon & other of their pewter - Previously mostly unknown

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”Scarce, but not forgotten” Edmund Harvey and his York acorn style flagons

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The “Harrison” type of York acorn communion flagons

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An inconclusive look at the various features of “Harrison” type York, acorn communion flagons

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Thumbnail photos of York acorn communion flagons

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”Straight sided” Yorkshire communion flagons

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READING

3 classic books and one Commentary and pages extracted.

”Old pewter: Its Makers and Marks” by H H Cotterell - First published 1929

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Pewter plate by H J J L Masse 1910

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The five London touch plates

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The pewter collector by H J J L Masse 1921

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REPAIRS

Renovating a pair of William & Mary beakers

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FAKES REPROS & WORRIES

A few of the fakes in the Navarro Collection

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A lidded measure to be aware of - Repro

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A tankard for your imagination

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A Zodiac decorated 17th c charger

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ARTICLES

Antimony - stibnite sulphide

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Footed plates by James Ferguson (showing their purpose)

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Dating Coats-of-Arms engraving

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Early pewter baluster lid markings - Apollo May 1933 by H H Cotterell

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Dutch painted and lacquered pewter. The Antique Collector - October 1932

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Printing from pewter engraving plates
(an interesting if brief note from Ambrose Heal to H H Cotterell)

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Howard H Cotterell - Dated history, a record of articles he wrote & sundry other details as taken from papers he left with his wife, and which were passed down.

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EXHIBITIONS

1911 Palace of History exhibition Glasgow

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1911 - Known exhibitions at Palace of History

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PHOTOS ONLY

Bowls Basins and Monteiths

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An English pewter pax

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Snuffs buckles doorstops

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Spice pots ink wells tobacco pots

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Spoons in old wooden spoon racks

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Tobacco jars small bowls and other photos

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QUERIES

This website does not invite queries – unless interesting enough to provide copy for an article on the website.

Those relating to British Pewter 1550-1850 or Liberty Art Nouveau 1900-1918 might be replied to.

This website NEVER provides valuations. This website does not BUY or SELL.

With any queries received the website considers such to permit it to publish the query and any photos sent concerning it – though the sender would not be identified.

Internet searches will find American, Dutch, German, Old Pewter Societies who might better answer questions concerning each nation’s own pewter.

The UK Pewter Society has a service answering British queries, it is always busy.

My e-mail address is (johnsbank@me.com). My knowledge is limited, but where I do not know the answer I hope to direct those with determined queries to where answers can be found.

LINKS

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.

The Worshipful Company of Pewterers

www.thepewterer.org.uk/

- 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)

The Dutch Pewter Society

The Dutch Pewter Society (established 1993) has a website which is publicly available www.nederlandsetinvereniging.nl It is in the Dutch language and partly in English.
One can find the publications for sale and a bibliography of the library which can be consulted in the - Boijmans Van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam.
There is a Q and A  - ('Vraag en Antwoord') - section and an event section - ('Evenementen') - also. 

CONTACT -  http://www.nederlandsetinvereniging.nl
 

www.pewtersellers.com

A Good site to view Antique Pewter  

www.stonemason.co.uk

A CRAFTSMAN APPROACH TO STONEMASONRY AND THE SKILFUL MAKING OF FIREPLACES, DOORWAYS, And WINDOWS IN YORKSHIRE GRITSTONE

No contact websites can now be accessed regarding the late Jennifer and Peter Hornsby (that are known to this writer).

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.

www.antiquemetalware.org.uk

The antique metalware society

Thanks to the following for copyright usage permission and hence links to their websites

www.rmg.co.uk

National Maritime Museum Greenwich

www.aucklandmuseum.com

Auckland War Memorial and Museum New Zealand

www.scienceandsociety.couk

The London Science Museum

www.apollo-magazine.com

Apollo Magazine London

www.wilkinsons-auctioneers.co.uk

Wilkinson’s Auctioneers , 28 Netherall Road, Doncaster DN1 2PW

www.shawedwardsantiques.co.uk

Link to Early English Carvings, Oak Furniture and Related items -.

www.pewtergiftware.com

sales@pewtergiftware.com

www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVVUGJaK8Bg – see pewter being made

www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVQmjnKLwc4

A E Williams, 6 Well Lane,  Digbeth,

Birmingham B5 5TE

T: +44(0)121 643 4756 ♦ F: +44(0)121 643 2977

Learn exactly what goes in to Pewtersmithing


The following website appears to have closed down - does anyone have contact details for those whose website this was?

www.pewtertankardsflagons.com


A Disclaimer

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.


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