Care & Facts
How It's Made...
Flat discs of pewter are clamped into a lathe against a wood or metal
form called a “chuck”. A hand spinning tool is then pressed
against the turning disc with a series of carefully executed sweeps
and movements to turn the pewter down over the chuck to form the
Molten pewter is poured into a bronze mold through a channel called
a “Spru” or “Gate” and allowed to cool until
solid or in some cases, is poured out at the proper time to create
a hollow item such as a spout. Once the metal is “chilled”,
the mold is opened and the casting is removed. The cast then has
the spru cut off, parting marks removed and is polished and fitted
As all the various pewter parts are hand-crafted, each piece is carefully
filed, drilled, shaped, burnished or ground to assure a perfect fit.
The parts are then soldered together with a jewelers torch, using
great care not to melt the piece and to assure a flawless joint.
Once the piece has been completed, it is then carefully polished
and buffed by hand with a cloth wheel to achieve the desired lustre
and patina... either satin or bright finish. As with most hand-crafted
work, our pewter pieces may vary slightly in shape, size, finish
or capacity from one piece to the next, making each item a unique
work of art.
Facts & Care Recommendations
Our Pewter is 92% Tin, 6% Antimony & 2% Copper (No Lead).
Our Satin Finish is made to have a soft hand brushed look, more colonial
Our Bright Finish is polished to a high lustre which more closely
resembles a silver like finish.
Our pewter is safe for foods and beverages and with a minimum amount
of care, may be passed on to generations. Pewter should be washed
and dried as soon as is practical after use to avoid possible staining
caused by certain foods and beverages. Pewter polishes, scouring
powder or fine steel wool may be used to maintain satin finish pewter,
should staining or scratches occur. Bright finish pewter should only
be washed and dried, or buffed with a soft cloth. While our pewter
is dishwasher safe, we do not recommend dishwasher use due to other
elements that your pewter may come in contact with, which may cause
staining or pitting.
Do not heat or cook in pewter, it will cause damage. Use a glass
or other suitable liner for flowers and do not store beverages or
foods in pewter that contain natural acids such as milk, juice, etc.,
as they may cause staining or pitting in your pewter piece.