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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 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

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.

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Home Page

Introduction - Simple Index

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INTERESTING PIECES

Spurgeon Baptists (Dixon) tea pot

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Commemorative, decorated and dated pewter plates in the period 1651-1702

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A commemorative charger shown only in 1923 and not otherwise mentioned various press cuttings

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A magnificent charger + the great bed of ware (unrelated)

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Fine Hanseatic 14th-15th century lidded flagon

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Why is it English... a further collection of thoughts on unusual decoration on a few pieces of early ‘English’ pewter

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Pewter spoon where found in 1681

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Early pewter tavern pots; A V Sutherland-Graeme 1941

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Two unusual scarce and decorated, Abbot of Gateshead mugs

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Tea and coffee equipage: Carl Ricketts 2017

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REGIONAL PEWTER

Recognizing regional styles of pub mugs

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Early drinking mugs by Carl Ricketts

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Several York mugs and 1 Acorn flagon

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READING

4 classic books in English, 1 in Swiss and 1 in French

History of Worshipful Company of Pewterers of the City of London - By Charles Welch volume 1 (1902)

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History of Worshipful Company of Pewterers of the City of London - By Charles Welch volume 2 (1902)

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Old pewter; Malcolm Bell (1909)

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Die zinngiesser der scheizund ihr werk II Von Dr Gust.Bossard - many illustrations in German

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ETUDES SUR L’ETAIN DANS L’ANTIQUITE ET AU MOYEN AGE ORFEVRERIE ET INDUSTRIES DIVERSES par GERMAIN BAPST 1884 – few illustrations and in original French only

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Norseman reproductions in brassware copper and pewter (unknown date perhaps 1920s - only 2 pages of repro pewter in this catalogue mainly to show this is unlikely to be notorious NR)

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PEWTER COLLECTING

A re-assessment of ‘spray’ baluster measures by John Douglas

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Crowned WR marks seen on English tavernware - Geoff Lock 2016

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A Crane & Stinton pint mug 1807-1815

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REPAIRS

Removing dents in old pewter mugs and measures

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A plate dated 1658 after cleaning (shown before in summer 16 uncleaned)

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FAKES REPROS & WORRIES

The mystery of the NR Marks (unsolved)

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Billy & Charleys

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An interesting compton plate

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Two handled pewter bowls - A confusion of

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ARTICLES

Belgian pewterers workshop of unknown date (c1900-1920) and location

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Birmingham pewterers price list January 1804 - William Villers: August 1825 - Villers & Wilkes August 1780 Birch & Villers

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Dating the pewters tankard: H H Cotterell 1932

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Fine York of York craftsmen: H H Cotterell 1933

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Heraldry unpublished hand written H H Cotterell c1930

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Letters appearing on Byzantine coins c1927

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Paul Revere’s lantern 1930

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Pewter tankards & flagons: Cyril C Minchin

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Pewterers trade tokens: H H Cotterell 1929

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Sacramental tokens (USA) Harriette Kershaw Leiding 1925

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When Treen was “the” ware: Edith Miniter 1930

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Treen and pewter plates from mediaeval times

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Tavern pewter: H H Cotterell 1930

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Mug or jug - Small mug part three

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Base metal tobacco jars: Charles R Beard

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Just Anderson (scanned so it is possible to print a copy)

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My e-mail address is (johnsbank@me.com). 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.

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

http://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)

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

www.tudriccottagegallery.com 

and at

http://www.originalwriting.ie/_product_35479/The_Bogle_Wogles

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.

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

www.nmm.ac.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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