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    Pewter pictures and hallmarks...

    With all the recent "Is this pewter?" posts, I thought a picture thread might be timely. Feel free to add any that you may have as well.

    For the novice pewter hunter, notice the form and thickness of the pieces. The handles are all soldered on, never cast in or riveted. The bodies of the pieces are relatively thin, often with rolled edges to thicken them up for strength. Wilton, Sexton and Pewterex items are not genuine pewter.



    The plate:


    The creamer / sugar:


    The bowl:


    Another creamer and sugar:



    Just the hallmark from a nice heavy compote I picked up:


    Some mugs have a glass bottom. The glass and caulking weighs 2.5 to 3 ounces...


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    Be careful when you buy candlesticks, The bases are often weighted. Set your price accordingly:



    1 pound 6 ounces before...


    9.8 ounces after. The shell on the base is only .020 inch thick.

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    I really have to ignore this thread.....

    10 years ago while in Kuala Lumpur, I bought a bunch of put of pewter, that now sits in my dinning room. I went to a very large factory and thats all they produced was pewter ware.

    If I even looked like I was going to melt some of it down, I think my wife would pass the death sentence on me.


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    Here's a weighted candlestick I picked up at a thrift store for $1.50 the other day.

    It weighed 12 oz before:


    Here's the hallmark:


    It weighed 4 oz after:


    So, it was 2/3 petrified llama excrement. Ended up paying $6 per pound for the tin.
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    i bought a set of weighted candlestix , havent torn them up yet but on these it's plain to see that the weight is a steel bottom plate ( no foto yet but for 75 cents each i dont figure i got hurt too bad ) what did hurt was i also picked up a lil souvenir type silver washed platter and creamer from the worlds fair in 1936 in tejas corresponding with the tejas centennial ...what hurt was i was told i'm going to hades if i melt something like that down ....leads me to believe i should sell the set outright and let some one else go :P
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    Here's some little bear figurines from Avon. About 2.5 ounces each...



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    Quote Originally Posted by imashooter2 View Post
    Here's some little bear figurines from Avon. About 2.5 ounces each...


    I have those same bears. Thats the only pewter that I wont melt. All the rest of the "keepsakes" are going in the pot. Gonna make some tin soldiers out of them. The bears are going to my daughterinlaws as they give me grandchildren. I would like to buy your set if you would like to sell it, or maybe trade you 2lbs of pewter for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bumpo628 View Post
    Here's a weighted candlestick I picked up at a thrift store for $1.50 the other day...
    I got a couple of those exactly the same, 96 ea, I figured it would be sand
    in the base but it was that brown stuff. Smells like hide glue or something.

    I'm sure it's SOMETHING...

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    This has likely been asked before,,, but does anybody no what the general composition or alloy is of those typical cast belt buckles. One's I have, have no real value to me, and I touched a torch to one, it seems to melt rather easily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by onesonek View Post
    This has likely been asked before,,, but does anybody no what the general composition or alloy is of those typical cast belt buckles. One's I have, have no real value to me, and I touched a torch to one, it seems to melt rather easily.
    tough question , some state pewter , these get melted down , but there are so many other alloys and metals that they can use it leaves wild guesses at best if unmarked , look up " spin casting " and the metals used , there's alot of them , worse some alloys marked pewter have high lead content yet are still what is deemed pewter , food service items are usually higher tin content with little to no lead , decorations etc tend to run towards more chances of having lead in the mix ( like my chinese ducks or ricker's pewter knick knacks )
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    Found this great web site. Hundreds of 20th century hallmarks...

    http://www.pewtertankardsflagons.com/

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    A pair of 12 inch bowls puts another 5 pounds on the pile:




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    I came across a large plate at a yard sale the other day stamped "Mexican Pewter". It was a soft metal, but had a shine to it like dried solder. I passed on it due to it's shine and being unfamiliar with the term.

    Anybody else found anything marked like this or know what it might have been ?

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    look at the websight posted above, it has tons of stampings.
    it's all an educated guess,,,, till the trigger is pulled.

    the more i find out about shootin boolits, the more it contradicts everything i ever learned about shooting jaxketed.

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    Bad cell pic..

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    ive got a pitcher and a finger-hut wreath ornament(1.4lbs) for $6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edler7 View Post
    I came across a large plate at a yard sale the other day stamped "Mexican Pewter". It was a soft metal, but had a shine to it like dried solder. I passed on it due to it's shine and being unfamiliar with the term.

    Anybody else found anything marked like this or know what it might have been ?
    I picked up a ornimental tray at a thrift store, with stickers on it " lead free Mundo de Pewter sin plombo" and a " made in mexico".

    It was thick enough that it wouldn't bend easily by hand, but would flatten with a hammer.

    I cut a chunk from it and dropped it in my (empty) lee pot,and turned it on 4, just as I had with prior hallmarked pewter.

    And I waited........and waited........and waited.........it wasn't melting.

    I threw in a sizable chunk of wax, which ignited. OK, now I have fire inside the pot, and electric heat outside the pot

    and I waited, ..........and waited........and it's still not melting, just blackened by soot from the wax.

    I don't have a casting thermometer to check what the temp must have been, but it was WAY higher that the other pewter i've melted.

    I think "Mundo de Pewter" has a different idea than us of what "pewter" should be.

    A google search shows Mundo de pewter as a tourist shop in Puerto Vallarta, mexico.
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    A porringer I just picked up. These are from Holland:





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    An 11 inch bowl. Nice heavy one, 3 pounds 5 ounces!




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    Whole set


    Glass bottom mug



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