Made In Sheffield
All of our pewter products are handmade in the world famous manufacturing city of Sheffield by skilled craftsmen with decades of experience.
Made With Pride
For centuries Sheffield has been synonymous with quality manufacturing. Although somewhat smaller than in previous decades, this trend continues today and Sheffield still leads the way in the production of quality silverware, steel and pewterware.
The manufacture of pewter products was revolutionised by James Vickers in 1769 when he introduced a new alloy mix of pewter to the metal working skills found in his native Sheffield. He discovered that with the addition of a little antimony to the tin, the resultant mixture could be turned into a sheet of metal. So instead of using expensive moulds to make castings, the resulting mixture in cooled sheet form could be cut, shaped, (by hand or spun on a wooden former) and the resultant pieces soldered together and an inexpensive version of the traditional pewter product was made.
The Sheffield metal industry had been working with sheet metal for some time before this discovery so the expertise was there to take on this new way to produce pewter. This led to a boom and by the early to mid 1800s factories grew bigger and turned out thousands of pieces at far less cost and lower selling prices than the traditional methods could compete with. This was not unusual at this time as it happened with lots of previously cottage type industries – textiles for example.
Even though the pewter industry had now moved into factory production, the impressive design work and skill of those who work in the factories continued as people with talents could still rise above the rank and file of the other workers and express their design skills. These skills and talents, though because it was factory production, do not necessarily receive the acclaim and the value they deserve. These same traditional skills are still used to make our products today, and you can see the expertise which goes into making these products in the following section.