Pewter is a metal alloy, traditionally 85%-90% Tin and 1% - 4% Copper, with the addition of lead for the lower grades. Physically, pewter is a bright, shiny metal that is very similar in appearance to silver, like silver, pewter will also oxidize to a dull gray over time if left untreated. Pewter is a very soft metal, enough to carve with hand tools. 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 china. Mass production of glass products has seen glass universally replace pewter in day to day life. Pewter artifacts continue to be produced mainly as decorative or specialty items, for example Roman pewter items are very rare, although some are still in existence. Un lidded mugs and lidded tankards are the most familiar pewter artifacts from the late 17th and 18th centuries, although the metal was used for many other items including, plates, dishes, basins, spoons, communion cups, teapots, sugar bowls and more.
Pewter is shaped by casting, hammering, or lathe spinning on a mold and is usually simply ornamented with rims, moldings, or engraving. The Pewter craft had almost entirely disappeared by 1850 but was started again in the 20th century in modern home decor, pewter jewelry, pewter amulets, wall hangings and reproductions.
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