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[[Period]] pewter often contained [[Wikipedia:Lead|lead]], a toxic metal. Modern pewter is an alloy of tin, copper and antimony and is more properly called [[Britannia Metal]].
 
[[Period]] pewter often contained [[Wikipedia:Lead|lead]], a toxic metal. Modern pewter is an alloy of tin, copper and antimony and is more properly called [[Britannia Metal]].
   
Since pewter has a low melting point, it is relatively easy to work with. Moulds can be made in soap stone or cuttlebone.
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Since pewter has a low melting point, it is relatively easy to work. Moulds can be made in soap [[stone]] or cuttlebone.
   
 
Pewter was eventually replaced by [[porcelain]] [[tableware]] during the [[18th Century]]
 
Pewter was eventually replaced by [[porcelain]] [[tableware]] during the [[18th Century]]

Revision as of 16:13, 22 February 2006

Pewter is an alloy of tin and a variety of other metals. Pewter tankards are quite common. Pilgrim's badges were often made of cast pewter. Period pewter often contained lead, a toxic metal. Modern pewter is an alloy of tin, copper and antimony and is more properly called Britannia Metal.

Since pewter has a low melting point, it is relatively easy to work. Moulds can be made in soap stone or cuttlebone.

Pewter was eventually replaced by porcelain tableware during the 18th Century

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