Dating antique pewter

dating antique pewter

How can I tell how old my pewter is?

Writing, labels, and marks on your pewter can help you identify your item’s collectibility and age. Marks you can find on pewter include touch marks, maker’s hallmarks, quality marks, labels, and catalogue numbers. These marks are incised by the manufacturer who made the item and additional marks can be placed if the item is imported from abroad.

How do you sell pewter?

The best way to sell pewter is through your nearest certified antique dealer or through antique fairs and shows. The Pewter Society holds two auctions a year exclusive to its members. Antique dealers specializing in metals have the expertise to appraise the item and give you a ballpark selling figure.

When was pewter used in everyday life?

You will find examples dating from the 17th century through to the end of the 19th century; representing pewter used in everyday domestic life along with tavern wares and pewter items made for other purposes. 24 hours notice is required to view our pewter collection at the shop.

What do the marks on a pewter mean?

If marks are present, they can help in identifying when and where the item was made or used. Whereas the marks on silver and gold have always been tightly controlled, there was very little control over the marks used by pewterers. As a result, they vary widely in form and significance. They fall into five broad categories:

What marks can you find on pewter?

Marks you can find on pewter include touch marks, maker’s hallmarks, quality marks, labels, and catalogue numbers. These marks are incised by the manufacturer who made the item and additional marks can be placed if the item is imported from abroad.

Is my pewter worth anything?

While it doesn’t have the metallurgical value of silver or gold, it can be worth a significant sum depending on its age, condition, and manufacturer. Check for marks, clean your pewter well, and you can sell it through an antique dealer or on eBay, two of the easiest options.

When did pewter start being numbered?

Numbers are most common on pewter from the 19th and 20th centuries, when pewterers numbered their pieces to be part of a catalog. And, capacity marks like “pint” or “quart” became required by law in 1836, so anything with such marks was very likely made after 1836.

How can you tell if a bowl is made of pewter?

Take a close look at the bowl, dish or drinking vessel youre investigating. Because pewter is essentially tin, alloyed with lead or copper, it will have a bright silver appearance when it is first created. Over time, this sheen will dull to grey.

What are the different types of marked pewter?

Marked examples have been found by only about three hundred American pewterers. American pewter may carry one or more of the following types of marks: Pewterers Marks, Verification Marks, Ownership Marks, and Merchants’ Marks. Pewterers marks fall into five broad categories: touch marks, hallmarks, quality marks, labels and catalogue numbers.

What do the initials on the pewter mean?

Initials denote touch marks or hallmarks. Touch marks vary in size and style and may contain a date. If a date and initials appear on the pewter, it is most likely a touch mark. This may or may not help identify the creator of the pewter as they were only required to register their marks in certain cities.

What are hallmarks on pewter?

Sometimes called pseudo-hallmarks because they resemble the hallmarks found on silver, these marks often were used with the larger touchmarks or in place of them.   For the few 17th century American pewterers that have been identified, hallmarks are the only marks that have been found.

How can I tell if a pewter is real?

Look for names or initials on the pewter. Initials denote touch marks or hallmarks. Touch marks vary in size and style and may contain a date. If a date and initials appear on the pewter, it is most likely a touch mark. This may or may not help identify the creator of the pewter as they were only required to register their marks in certain cities.

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