Dating antique pewter
Thanks to the "date letter" any piece of British sterling silver can be exactly dated. Old Sheffield Plate and Electroplated silver are not subject to this practice and the regulation issued by the authorities had the main objective of preventing possible frauds by unscrupulous sellers of plated ware. (A LOT NOT WELL DONE.) MOST OF THESE HAVE A FLARED BASE AND BALL THUMBLIFTS AND CAN BE DISCERNED BY NOT HAVING ANY AGE SHOWN ON THE INSIDE BOTTOM OR INSIDE THE LID (No. ALONG WITH ANY OF THE OTHER 18 “PEWTER RULES .”Buying through the mail, say as on e Bay?Best thing is to ask for a guarantee to be able to send the stein back if not satisfied!Even if the manufacturer can not be identified, antique pewter is extremely collectible .
Although many antique pewter pieces can be identified by touch marks, just as many pieces can not be identified as to the manufacturer.
The photo resolution to determine some of the above is just not that good with the size photos on e Bay and many other web sites.
During the years 20 I wrote / edited ‘THe Pewter Beer Stein Collector’s (and Researcher’s( Newsletters.” These were a group of very informal essays along with supporting photos. (EDITOR) ………,, NINE 06-012 –STEWART STEGGLAS SERVER –HOW MUCH VALUE .. ……………………TEN 07- 001 – RE: “PILLOW FIGHT STEIN”- ANY COMMENTS FROMTHE READERSHIP ON THE ABOVE ARTICLE, REFERENCE THE PRICE WANTED?
The absence of an official dating system makes it difficult to date silver plated wares.
An approximate date can be determined by examining: - the style of the object - the presence or absence of the crown (before or after c. Dixon & Sons Dobson & Sons Eley family Elkington & Co Emes family Fattorini & Sons Fox family Garrard & Co S.