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Your search for posts with tags containing Pewter found 9 posts

Many colonial women served their food in pewter vessels & used pewter utensils

.In 18th-century America, most women served their meals on pewter plates, tankards, pitchers, flatware, and serving vessels.  Pewter is an alloy composed mainly of tin with various amounts of lead, copper, zinc, antimony, & bismuth. Women in...
From: 18th-century American Women on 17 Feb 2012

April 1

GUEST CURATOR: Aidan Griffin What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Providence Gazette (April 1, 1769). “Joseph Belcher … will take in Pay … old Pewter.” “Pewter is an alloy of two metals,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 1 Apr 2019

March 11

GUEST CURATOR: Luke DiCicco What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Newport Mercury (March 11, 1769). “JOSEPH BELCHER … makes and sells Pewter Ware.” In this advertisement Joseph Belcher attempted to...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 11 Mar 2019

March 13

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? Supplement to the Pennsylvania Journal (March 10, 1768).“Tea pots and sugar-pots … Slop-bowls.” Cornelius Bradford, a pewterer, operated a shop “At...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 13 Mar 2018

Testing modern pewter for lead

So, we bought a small pewter flagon for use with my re-enactment group. Second or fourth or tenth hand, it was made in Holland by Daalderop, according to the stamp on the bottom. Apparently a respectable company who had been in business making pewterware...
From: distillatio on 19 Nov 2016

November 17

GUEST CURATOR: Mary Williams What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-York Mercury (November 17, 1766).“To be sold cheap by John Keteltas … pewter tea-pots.” In this advertisement from the New-York...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 17 Nov 2016


GUEST CURATOR: Ceara Morse What was advertised in a colonial newspaper 250 years ago this week? Providence Gazette (November 1, 1766).“A Variety of English, East and West-India GOODS, … to be sold at the cheapest Rate for CASH.” In...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 2 Nov 2016

So I thought I would split off the Medieval and Tudor metal casting into a sibling blog

I’m getting more tidy minded about this sort of thing these days, and think it makes sense to split it off.  The new blog is here: and will have posts about pewter and copper alloy casting, mould making, furnace...
From: distillatio on 25 Oct 2014

Edward Fish at the sign of the Sun in Wapping

A farthing token issued in the name of the Edward Fish of Wapping The brass farthing token, pictured above, measures 15.9 mm and weighs 0.80 grams. It was issued by Edward Fish, a pewterer trading at or by the sign of the Sun in Wapping, Middlesex. The...
From: Mr. Pepys' Small Change on 25 Dec 2013

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