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What Is Pewter?

Pewter is an incredibly versatile metal; this alloy of tin, copper, and antimony can make buttons and oil lamps, jewelry and tableware, everyday housewares and timeless objects. At Danforth, we use this metal to make a wide range of items ranging from the classic to the contemporary.

Our pewter is 100 percent lead free and meets or exceeds all FDA food-safety standards. Our designs are all hand-crafted — cast or spun — at our Middlebury, Vt., workshop, where visitors can see firsthand our 21st century approach to this ancient craft.

  • Pewter will last for generations if cared for properly.
  • Many collectors feel that pewter benefits from handling as it develops a distinctive, warm patina the more it is used.
  • Though certain conditions will cause pewter to oxidize and darken, 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 as the heat and detergent can be harmful to the piece.
  • There are various pewter cleaners and polishes available to maintain your pewter. Danforth recommends and sells Simichrome polish. It is a soft paste for virtually any metal. Cleans to a brilliant shine and leaves a protective film.
  • Pewter should never be used in an oven, microwave or on the stovetop and should not be exposed to a direct flame.

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