PEWTER & CARE
What is pewter?
Pewter is a malleable metal alloy. Use of pewter was common from the Middle Ages up until the
various developments in glass-making during the 18th and 19th centuries. Pewter was the chief
tableware until the making of porcelain. In the early 19th century, changes of fashion witnessed a
decline in the use of pewter flatware, but increased production of both cast and spun pewter tea
sets, whale-oil lamps, candlesticks, etc. Later in the century, pewter alloys were often used as a
base metal for silver-plated objects. Modern pewter contains little or no lead, which has been
replaced with antimony.
Today, pewter is mainly used in decorative objects with its own preciousness and value.
Tin (SN) 90%, Antimony (SB), Copper (CU) and Silver 10%. Lead- free. Safe for food container.
– Pewter will retain its shiny finish with the minimum of care
– Through certain conditions will cause pewter to oxidize and darken, however, pewter will
not tarnish like silver and copper
– It should be washed by hand in hot soapy water and dried with a soft cloth. Do not wash
pewter in an automatic dishwasher
– If it has become dull, clean with a metal polish prior to washing
– For the best results, always polish in straight lines never in circles
– Pewter should never be used in an oven, microwave or on the stovetop and should not be
exposed to a direct flame