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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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Antique Pewter
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
Antique Pewter
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$453 Bids
Antique Pewter
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
Antique Pewter
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$203 Bids
Lot of 5 Antique Pewter Dishes & Bowl w/ Tap Marks
Oct 15, 10:30 AM EDT
Lot of 5 Antique Pewter Dishes & Bowl w/ Tap Marks
by Terri Peters & Associates
Est: $5- $99,999
$302 Bids
Graves Early American Pewter Coffee Pot & Beakers
Oct 15, 10:30 AM EDT
Graves Early American Pewter Coffee Pot & Beakers
by Terri Peters & Associates
Est: $5- $99,999
$302 Bids
Antique Pewter Unusual 1845 Flagon & 1785 Platter
Oct 15, 10:30 AM EDT
Antique Pewter Unusual 1845 Flagon & 1785 Platter
by Terri Peters & Associates
Est: $5- $99,999
$302 Bids
A Nürnberg Renaissance pewter 'Kaiserteller', maker's mark of Johan Sigmund Wandel, ca. 1690, ø 18 cm
Oct 04, 10:00 AM CEST
A Nürnberg Renaissance pewter 'Kaiserteller', maker's mark of Johan Sigmund Wandel, ca. 1690, ø 18 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €300- €500
€2802 Bids
2 Antique Badger & Lightner Pewter 8" Plates
Oct 15, 10:30 AM EDT
2 Antique Badger & Lightner Pewter 8" Plates
by Terri Peters & Associates
Est: $5- $99,999
$302 Bids
Rare 1700s Danforth American Colonial PewterPlates
Oct 15, 10:30 AM EDT
Rare 1700s Danforth American Colonial PewterPlates
by Terri Peters & Associates
Est: $5- $99,999
$302 Bids
English Pewter
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
English Pewter
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$252 Bids
Early American Pewter Coffee & Tea Pots
Oct 15, 10:30 AM EDT
Early American Pewter Coffee & Tea Pots
by Terri Peters & Associates
Est: $5- $99,999
$302 Bids
2 Antique Pewter Crown Handle Porringers
Oct 15, 10:30 AM EDT
2 Antique Pewter Crown Handle Porringers
by Terri Peters & Associates
Est: $5- $99,999
$302 Bids
Archibald Knox for Liberty and Co., a Tu
Oct 07, 10:00 AM BST
Archibald Knox for Liberty and Co., a Tu
by Kinghams Auctioneers
Est: £100- £200
£601 Bid
20pc Group of Fox Related Collectibles
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
20pc Group of Fox Related Collectibles
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$201 Bid
Lot of various items
Oct 06, 2:00 PM CEST
Lot of various items
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €0- €0
€401 Bid
Pewter Measures
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
Pewter Measures
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
Pewter Flagons
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
Pewter Flagons
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
Continental Pewter Mounted Turned Serpentine Stein (as is), H: 6 7/8 in. (17.46 cm.)
Oct 04, 10:00 AM EDT
Continental Pewter Mounted Turned Serpentine Stein (as is), H: 6 7/8 in. (17.46 cm.)
by Weschler's
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Royal Guild Holland Pewter Pitcher
Oct 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Royal Guild Holland Pewter Pitcher
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Black, Starr & Gorham Pewter Tankard
Oct 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Black, Starr & Gorham Pewter Tankard
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Desert Rose Pewter Train & Mining Station Diorama
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
Desert Rose Pewter Train & Mining Station Diorama
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Connecticut Pewter Basin and Plate
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
Connecticut Pewter Basin and Plate
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
PEWTAREX DINNER PLATE VINTAGE COLLECTIBLE
Jan 03, 1:00 PM CST
PEWTAREX DINNER PLATE VINTAGE COLLECTIBLE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
PEWTAREX DINNER PLATE VINTAGE COLLECTIBLE
Jan 03, 1:00 PM CST
PEWTAREX DINNER PLATE VINTAGE COLLECTIBLE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
PEWTER MAN ON CALCITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Nov 28, 1:00 PM CST
PEWTER MAN ON CALCITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids

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