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Thread: 1st trying to buy pewter...did I score or strike out?

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    1st trying to buy pewter...did I score or strike out?

    No markings that say pewter but gave it a try. They were a couple bucks each.

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    Well, strike one...the daily bread plate from what I googled is aluminum and 10 other alloys? The jury is still out on the sun and moon. It's as heavy as lead.

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    If they are pewter they usually have hallmarks on the bottom stating such. There are many pictures of the marks in the pewter sticky thread here.

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    Don't feel bad - that Daily Bread plate got me too. One of my first 'not pewter' purchases.
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    Pewter items must have some kind of stamp stating that the item is made from pewter. No stamp, I don't buy it. Pewter is soft and can easily be bent with your hands. I sometimes carry a small magnifying glass to help me read the trademarks. Plates as the one shown by the OP are common. The ones I have found were cast from aluminum.

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    I too have a Daily Bread plate in my bucket of aluminum scrap!
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    The moon is pewter and was made by spoontiques. I weighed 1.3lbs after being removed from its stand. $3.99 it was more than you guys pay for your $1 a lb. but at least it's a start. It's in my pot as we speak.

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    I got burned by a "contains Pewter" stamp. I Only buy if it says pewter, best luck at Goodwill for some reason.

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    One of my first trips to Goodwill I found pewter, the next trip I found Sterling Silver. You can't use that #$%^& silver in boolits though!
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    I just weighed it...1.15lbs

    I made it into thinner bars to snip off as needed to add to my mix.

    It had .15 lbs of some type of coating over the top of it I skimmed off. I hit it with the torch and it turned red and sparked a little. Maybe aliminum coating? Anyways $3.99 for a little over a pound of pewter I thought was good? Seem like it's going for around close to $20lb on the net.

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    You will get better at it... after you scrounge for a while, you will be able to recognize out of the corner of your eye... at 100 feet.. lol
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    Funny the plate almost got me once .... my gut said don't buy

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    I see so many of those plates at my local Goodwills. Quit even turning them over after third one, although I have seen them in several configurations (thicknesses, textures, &c.). Keep hunting, it seems to be boom or bust around here. Don't forget yard and estate sales, but some of them think pewter is worth silver prices.
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    Melt that sterling into ingots and ebay it! 92.5% silver... unless it was plated.

    Quote Originally Posted by ghh3rd View Post
    One of my first trips to Goodwill I found pewter, the next trip I found Sterling Silver. You can't use that #$%^& silver in boolits though!

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    the bread plate is armatale or some rot like that. If an item doesn't say pewter I try bending it, if it isn't ductile then I pass.

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    The buy that got me was a `pewter` coffee and tea service with tray. There was a picture of the word pewter and a hallmark so I bought it sight unseen. Turned out that the serving tray was pewter and not the plated coffee/tea set. The tray still got me 2 lbs before smelting.Robert

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grmps View Post
    the bread plate is armatale or some rot like that. If an item doesn't say pewter I try bending it, if it isn't ductile then I pass.
    I haven't found much at Goodwill or other thrift stores in my area...the few items I found were candle stick holders and a small plate none were marked pewter, but I could bend the areas that are thinnest. I've read that the candle sticks may have sand or iron in the base for added weight...I haven't melted mine yet, but I know one of them is fairly heavy...so I suspect the worst...I think I paid 25 for that item, so I won't be too disappointed if the majority of the weight is a iron block.

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    There might be gorilla dung in there for weight too! Don't melt that!

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    I did better today. The only thing over a buck was the picture frame. The sand dollar has to be over a pound.

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    The deer and vw I had laying around

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    The jumping buck is not getting melted though...too cool

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    I ended up with 1.7lbs today in lee bar weight and spent a total of $4.90

    My best buy was "breakfast" by cynthie Fisher. A ducks unlimited print from 91'

    Picked it up for $20! Its going above my 2 bobcat rugs, full body mount, and a mountain man bobcat hat I had made from my calling harvests.

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    In haven't seen any mugs or dishes in my searches. I think they'll be hard to find in my area.

    Well, in yesterdays and todays finds I've spent $8.89 and ended up with a little under 3lbs. Guess it's better than $20 a pound on line. At 2% add I would have enough for 150lbs?
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