Pewter has been used since 3000 BC for useful and decorative objects and utensils for the table. Pewter gives an old world feel to a table. To me, nothing is so perfect for Autumnal gatherings or summer dinners al fresco in the garden. Most pewter comes from Italy now and there is a casual Tuscan feeling to a lovely dinner on pewter, ending with a simple bowl of fruit and European style fruit knives placed on thick napkins and followed by a long after dinner conversation.
At GOREDEAN we carry several pewter lines that are known for their durability and quality. Match Pewter and Vagabond Pewter being two of the best.
A common complaint about pewter from other sources is that it tarnishes quickly in the dishwaher. And truthfully, no pewter should go in a dishwasher set on high. Lower temperature settings are better for almost all table articles. If handwashing can be done, it is always safer but Match and vagabond CAN go in the dishwasher.
Pewter tarnishes very slowly and it requires virtually no maintenance. To clean flatware, place in a low temperature dishwasher and use a liquid soap to avoid the spots and pitting that can form when powder soaps are used. Plates with a pewter rim or glassware with a pewter rim should always be hand washed. The metal and the pottery/glass heat at different levels and there will be higher breakage.
If you want to polish your pewter, almost any metal polish will do. Check the box to make certain that it is appropriate for pewter and rub in a circular pattern with a cloth or 0000 steel wool.
PLEASE DO NOT POLISH ANTIQUE PEWTER, especially pewter of a collectable nature. Use 0000 steel wool to remove old stains and to put it in usable condition. remember that antique pewter has some lead and should not be used for food consumption. Today’s pewter is made with a lead free alloy of tin, copper and antimony that is FDA approved and food safe.
Of Note: We reproduced a wonderful pair of bulbous pewter candlesticks in Italy for the new Clyde’s Restaurant in Broadlands, Virginia. They are now available from us at www.goredean.com along with a great selection of pewter from the companies that I consider the best!