Antique and Vintage Pewter

Pewter is a tin alloy that has been in use since the Bronze Age. Because it could be easily formed into plates, bowls, pitchers, and other useful items, it was common in kitchens and around the home. Historically, pewter was hardened with lead, copper, bismuth, and antimony. Even though one of those elements, lead, had long been understood to be toxic to humans, it wasn't banned from use in objects and products that came into contact with...Continue Reading