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About APBC

What the ABPC is about

The Association of British Pewter Craftsmen (ABPC) was formed in 1970 to support and advance the British Pewter industry. Amongst its founding members was the Worshipful Company of Pewterers of the City of London (the Worshipful Company).

The Worshipful Company dates from at least 1348 and by a Royal Charter of 1474 had the right to regulate the Pewter trade throughout the land. Whilst that right no longer exists, the Worshipful Company continues to promote and support the pewter industry as one of its key objectives.

The ABPC has, by promoting high standards, raising awareness of pewter and encouraging innovation and excellence in manufacturing, achieved impressive results; and, together with the Worshipful Company, has helped to establish British pewter firmly in both domestic and worldwide markets.

Members of the ABPC are entitled to use two trade marks, the ABPC logo and the Seahorse mark, the latter being a badge of quality. Please refer to the page on the benefits of membership of the ABPC [See Members Benefits page]. Members also receive by e-mail a regular Newsletter which contains and information about the ABPC Council’s activities and news relating to the trade.

The ABPC Council monitors pewter quality and the use of the ABPC pewter marks and takes an active overview of proposals in Brussels for regulation of the trade including particularly proposals for content standards.

British pewter has a long and proud history and its pieces continue to be prized throughout the globe for their quality of manufacture, practicality and design.

Members of the ABPC benefit from the efforts of the Company, which include the Worshipful Company’s annual competition, Pewter Live, for UK design students and an annual Open Competition for pewtersmiths. This is one of the few design competitions which can actively link a student designer with a manufacturer to ensure that the design concepts are viable for manufacture. A number of new products have reached the market as a direct result of this competition.

The Pewterer is an e-zine published online by Alan Williams and endorsed by the Company. Alan is a member of the Court of Assistants of the Company. The e-zine’s url is sent to an extensive mailing list comprising members of the Company, the trade, interested buyers, journalists and other  individuals. The Pewterer includes features on the latest designs and products and the people who make them; information on Museums and other displays of pewter around the country, and general articles about pewter, and also information on the pewter trade in Britain today.

The Worshipful Company, which hosts, annually, one of the ABPC Council’s Meetings, is pleased to offer for hire parts of its imposing Hall in Oat Lane in the City of London for special occasions. Few venues in the capital can rival a Livery Hall for prestige, splendour and an atmosphere of heritage. It is several minutes’ walk from three underground stations in the heart of the City.

For further information about the ABPC, please contact: Cathy Steele cathy.steele@btconnect.com. For further information about the Worshipful Company please contact: The Clerk, The Worshipful Company of Pewterers, Pewterers’ Hall, Oat Lane, London, EC2V 7DE; Tel 0207 397 8190 or visit www.pewterers.org.uk.