Pewter Metalware

Pewter, an alloy of tin with small amounts of other metals, usually lead or copper, is a durable material made by casting in a mold. Pewter metalware can be plain or decorated using engraving techniques which allow artists to create carved patterns on the object’s surface.

By the 14th century, pewterer guilds were established across Europe, notably in Paris, London, Hamburg, Strasbourg, Rouen, and York. At that time, the guilds provided work for craftsmen in their town as well as guidelines for the production and sale of pewter, which was purchased predominantly by the elite classes. During the 18th and 19th centuries, workshops and factories in European countries manufactured as much as 30,000 tons of pewter per year, making metalware objects such as plates, bowls, cups, teapots, pitchers, ice buckets, and candlesticks. The more efficient and widespread production of pewter objects made them more affordable, and they were subsequently purchased by members of all levels of society.

Collectors appreciate pewter metalware for its important role in European history, its vast range of imagery and stylistic elements, and its decorative qualities. A wide selection of pewter objects made during different historical moments is available at auction today.


Quick Facts

  • On May 1, 2007, Christie’s London sold an English pewter pear-shaped flagon for $83,958
  • On September 27, 2012, Sotheby’s New York sold an assortment of 18th and 19th-century American pewter items for $21,250
  • Historically, pewter metalware was made with lead, which over time could cause lead poisoning. However, today most pewter today is made with tin and copper

Recommended Items at Auction

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Francois-Raoul Larche Pewter Figural Vessel
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
Francois-Raoul Larche Pewter Figural Vessel
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $50- $15,000
$2,50018 Bids
Lot 2 Pewter Bird Figures
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Lot 2 Pewter Bird Figures
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $50- $80
$256 Bids
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GROUP OF 32 CONTINENTAL & ENGLISH PEWTER,
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
GROUP OF 32 CONTINENTAL & ENGLISH PEWTER,
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $100- $150
$503 Bids
Collection to incl
Oct 19, 7:00 PM AEDT
Collection to incl
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD303 Bids
11 Pcs. Pewter Flagons, Tankards, Jugs and Measures
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
11 Pcs. Pewter Flagons, Tankards, Jugs and Measures
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $250- $350
$1252 Bids
Germany Stein With Pewter Lid
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Germany Stein With Pewter Lid
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$42 Bids
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A FRENCH ART NOUVEAU PEWTER CANDLESTICK SIGNED JULES DESBOIS, CIRCA 1900
Oct 18, 6:00 PM AEDT
A FRENCH ART NOUVEAU PEWTER CANDLESTICK SIGNED JULES DESBOIS, CIRCA 1900
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD5001 Bid
Shepard Paine "To the Last Man" Pewter Sculpture
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Shepard Paine "To the Last Man" Pewter Sculpture
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$401 Bid
5 American Pewter Items, incl. Israel Trask Coffeepot
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
5 American Pewter Items, incl. Israel Trask Coffeepot
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $300- $350
$1501 Bid
Sterling Silver Handcuff Earrings + Pewter
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Handcuff Earrings + Pewter
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Vintage Pewter Tea Pot by Israel Trask
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage Pewter Tea Pot by Israel Trask
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Liberty & Co box
Oct 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Liberty & Co box
by Treadway Gallery
Est: $1,200- $1,700
$6000 Bids
Fifteen Pieces Etruscan Majolica
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Fifteen Pieces Etruscan Majolica
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Zinn-Terrine, wohl Frankfurt, 18. Jh.
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CEST
Zinn-Terrine, wohl Frankfurt, 18. Jh.
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €200- €250
€200 Bids
Large lot of Art Nouveau pewter, silver and metal
Oct 22, 11:00 AM CEST
Large lot of Art Nouveau pewter, silver and metal
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €10- €150
€400 Bids
Konvolut barockes Zinn: Satz 9 Teller mit 9 Speisehauben.
Oct 28, 9:00 AM CEST
Konvolut barockes Zinn: Satz 9 Teller mit 9 Speisehauben.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€200 Bids
Konvolut 16x Zinn + 1 Bronze- und 1 Nickel-Kerzenleuchter.
Oct 28, 9:00 AM CEST
Konvolut 16x Zinn + 1 Bronze- und 1 Nickel-Kerzenleuchter.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€200 Bids
Konvolut Zinn: Wappenteller und 24 Teller.
Oct 28, 9:00 AM CEST
Konvolut Zinn: Wappenteller und 24 Teller.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€200 Bids
Konvolut 4 Teile Zinn.
Oct 28, 9:00 AM CEST
Konvolut 4 Teile Zinn.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€200 Bids
4 x Zinn: Große gravierte Beckenschüssel und 3 Deckelkrüge.
Oct 28, 9:00 AM CEST
4 x Zinn: Große gravierte Beckenschüssel und 3 Deckelkrüge.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€1500 Bids
Arthur Court Pewter Turkey Platter
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Arthur Court Pewter Turkey Platter
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids
3 piece pewter trimmed gray agate tea set
Nov 19, 4:00 PM EST
3 piece pewter trimmed gray agate tea set
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$300 Bids
Antique Chinese water pipe, & pewter tea warmer
Oct 18, 2:00 PM PDT
Antique Chinese water pipe, & pewter tea warmer
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $300
$300 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Pewter Metalware


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Historia Auktionshaus

Historia Auktionshaus

Hutchinson Scott Limited

Hutchinson Scott Limited

Auktionshaus Wendl

Auktionshaus Wendl