Dagmar Stara (Author of Guide to Pewter Marks of the World)
Pewter Marks Of the World
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Proper Identification of Pewter Bowl
It has a subtle beauty, is very tactile and comes in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. It often has a soft, lustrous sheen but the colour can alter depending on the conditions it has been kept in over the years making for a more interesting display. As it was used throughout society, from royal households to the very poorest people, it gives areal link with the past and a sense of continuity with previous owners over many centuries. It is low maintenance, being a very stable alloy, an occasional rub with a soft cloth or wash in warm, soapy water is usually sufficient to keep it looking attractive. British and Irish pewter is often unmarked. If marks are present, they can help in identifying when and where the item was made or used. Marks fall into three broad categories.
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British and Irish pewter is often unmarked. 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:. Wares often have marks from more than one of these categories, and that can be very helpful.