Glover and Smith | What is Lead Free Pewter ?
Glover & Smith are members of The Association of British Pewter Craftsmen and most of our designs carry the quality marks of the Association. All our designs are handmade from Lead-Free Pewter which is 92% Tin. This makes them all ideal Tenth Wedding Anniversary gifts.
What is Pewter
Pewter has been used in the home for around 3,000 years. Modern eco-friendly lead free pewter is 92% pure tin and added to this are small amounts of copper and other metals to give additional strength. It is a plentiful, non-toxic resource and tin mining has little or no impact on the environment. This eco-friendly metal does not need polishing like silver and it does not go grey like old pewter (this is the lead content).
Lead free pewter is the favourite metal of the World Wildlife Fund. Glover and smith also design and make for Prince Charles' Highgrove Estate and The National Trust.
Lead free pewter doesn't react with food stuffs unlike other precious metals, and because Glover & Smith products are made from solid lead free pewter the surface will never flake or chip.
What colour is pewter
Our polished lead free pewter is silver in colour.
How to clean pewter
In bathrooms our light pulls will never rust. With a minimum of care your pewter ware will retain its shiny patina. Simply wipe with soapy water. No need to use abrasive cleaners or polishes; however we do not recommend dishwasher cleaning.
Lead free pewter can oxidize over time. You can try just washing with warm soapy water. Alternatively, you can try the following recipe:
1. Make a paste with 1 tsp salt, 1 cup white vinegar and 1/2 cup flour
2. Apply to the pewter for up to an hour
3. Rinse and dry with a soft cloth
If you want to know even more about modern eco friendly pewter have a look here www.pewterers.org.uk
UK pewter makers
Ed soldering a hound on to a Devon Bowl. Critters waiting to be clipped
For more pictures of us making go to 'How we make our designs'.