Dating pewter marks
This began for me as a hobby but I will come back to this subject at a later date, because todays post is about Pewter Tankards. Yes that looks better you may think,but now try a couple of pewter tankards and you will see what I mean. If champagne should always be drunk from a silver tankard,then beer should be drunk from a pewter one,ideally with a glass bottom,so you can see if any enemy comes through the door while you are drinking; We are talking about past days of course.Nothing looks better than pewter on old oak furntiture. Take any black oak sideboard or dresser and try a couple of pieces of silver on it. Or as another version has it so that if the recruiting sergeant or the press-gang leader drops the monarch’s shilling into your mug you will spot it before you finish your beer and will not find yourself an unwilling conscript.This is a composite of two earlier articles authored by SCI Master Steinologists Liselotte Lopez and Les Paul, corrections regarding import laws by John Mc Gregor, with editing, photos and photo captions by Walt Vogdes People who have acquired a stein or two through inheritance or as a gift often assume that it is easy to determine the value and age of a stein by simply inspecting it.If a stein is well made and attractive, they figure, it is automatically old and, therefore, valuable.Tankards,flagons and similar items are, however, datable by shape, and any markings which provide confirmation and additional information are all things to look for if you are contemplating starting a collection.As a matter of fact,the touchplates recording the touchmarks of pewterers before 1666 were lost in the great fire of London.
Of late years we have devoted a large portion of our time to this hobby.
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The first English pewter is Romano-British and dates back as far as the year 400 B. Then suddenly, for no apparent reason,this delightful alloy,comprising 90 per cent Cornish tin and 10 per cent lead,copper or antimony,fell out of favour and did not make its re-appearence until the 14th century.
Pewter tankards began to make an appearence during the 16th century..