Antique Pewter is a metal alloy composed primarily of tin with varying amounts of copper, antimony, bismuth and sometimes lead.
It was first used in the manufacture of vessels by the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and other ancient civilizations.
In Europe, pewter was utilized extensively from medieval times through the 18th century when pottery and porcelain replaced it as the materials of choice for serving food and drink.
Pewter was also made and used in great quantities throughout North America from the colonial period to the 1860s.
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