Pewter is an alloy of tin, the fourth most valuable metal, and small quantities of other metals such as bismuth or antimony, and copper. These give strength to the final product. Pewter in Britain dates from the 2nd century AD, when it was thought to have been introduced by the Romans.
Many of the techniques used by today’s British pewterers are probably the same as those which have been employed for nearly 2000 years.
Modern pewterers use their skill to produce products as diverse as giftware, architectural ironmongery, and jewellery, and as architectural features. The products range in size from pewter bar tops several metres in length to the tiniest of bracelet charms.
British pewter is subject to the European standards EN611 parts 1 and 2, and all members of the Association of British Pewter Craftsmen are required to submit pieces for approval to ensure that their work conforms to these standards.