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tin, pewter & britannia metal

Tin, pewter and britannia metal

Tin, Pewter & Britannia Metal

Tin has been found in the tombs of ancient Egyptians and was exported in large quantities from Cornwall to ancient Rome. The ancient Egyptians thought that tin and lead were different forms of the same metal. Lead usually occurs as the mineral galena, which also contains small amounts of silver. The ancient Romans mined galena […]  Continue Reading »

Pewter Touches

Because pewter contains lead, which is poisonous, the composition of pewter must be controlled so that it does not harm its users. For this reason, pewterware has had marks, called “touches”, from as early as the Middle Ages. The first mention of marks indicating the quality of pewter in England dates from 1474.The oldest marks […]  Continue Reading »