Dating english pewter
By the 15th century, the Worshipful Company of Pewterers controlled pewter constituents in England.
For terms that apply only to British pewter, refer to the Web Page of One of the metals that may be alloyed with tin to create pewter.Metal allowed articles to be cold-formed from sheet metal.However, even then casting continued to be used for certain articles such as measures and it was also used to form the knops, handles, feet etc.Charles ll,as one of his many methods of aquiring wealth without recourse to Parliament ,took to annexing the silver of his nobles,who tended to replace it with pewter, rather than risk losing the replacements the next time the King came to dinner.It was, however some years before the merry monarch ascended the throne,about 1635 in fact, that pewterers began to use marks, in addition to their own touch marks,which are very similar to silver hallmarks-causing therby much wrath and so little litigation on the part of the Goldsmiths’ Company.First used by French pewterers in the 17th century, by British pewterers in the late 17th century, and by American pewterers in the 19th century. A raised ring on the bottom of a lid which fits inside the opening of a container in order to keep the lid from moving laterally. A narrow decorative molding resembling a row of beads 1/16" or smaller in diameter.
It is formed by a beading tool, in somewhat the same manner as a pie crimper, applied with pressure against the edge of a rotating piece in a lathe. A metallic element used occasionally in pewter alloys as a hardening agent.
It is most often found on Philadelphia pieces with neoclassic styling. Bismuth expands while solidifying which allows more alloy to expand into the mold cavity. Refers to Thomas Danforth Boardman, his brothers Sherman and Timothy, and the various partnerships formed by the Boardmans during the first half of the 19th century.
Beginning in 1804 and ending in 1873, this Hartford, Connecticut based family created the largest and longest-running pewter making business in the early history of the United States. A disk or flange-shaped extension at the top of a candlestick nozzle used to catch and retain the candle wax drippings. A volatile, turpentine-derived liquid fuel used for lighting.
Not sure if this belongs in Cafe Society, but- I bought a small hip flask like the one shownhere from a charity shop in the UK.
I got it engraved with my friend's initials and would like to be able to tell her when it's from. The pewter "hallmarks" can not be read as we read silver hallmarks, they can aid to dating and the master (pewterer) yes, but can also be confusing.
The first type, known as "fine metal", was used for tableware.