What is Pewter/Caring for Pewter

What is Pewter?

  • Pewter is a metal alloy of approximately 92% tin, 7% antimony, and 1% copper.
  • We only use lead-free pewter, which meets or exceeds all FDA food-safety standards.
  • Sheet pewter is easy to bend by hand into a variety of shapes.
  • Discs of pewter are spun on a lathe to form various trays, boxes, dishes, and other similar items.
  • Pewter has a low melting point so it can be cast into rubber molds to produce a variety of objects such as finials, knobs, etc.


Caring for Pewter

  • Pewter will last for years to come if cared for properly.
  • Pewter develops a patina the more it is used.
  • Pewter does not tarnish like silver and copper. Pewter can be cleaned with warm soapy water, rinsed, then towel dried with a soft cloth. Do not wash pewter in an automatic dishwasher because the heat and detergent can be harmful to the piece.
  • There are various pewter cleaners and polishes available to maintain your pewter.
  • Pewter has a low melting point so it should never be used in an oven, microwave or on the stovetop and should not be exposed to a direct flame.