What Is Tudric Pewter?


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Tudric pewter is a collection of shiny pewter home goods first produced in 1902 by Liberty & Co. It is stronger and shinier than other pewter because it contains small amounts of sterling silver. It is also lead-free.

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Pieces of Tudric pewterware reflect the aesthetic principles of Art Nouveau and the Celtic Revival movement. The lead designer of the Tudric line was Archibald Knox of Great Britain, one of the foremost pewterware designers of the 20th century. His designs have a devoted following among pewter enthusiasts, although the greatest demand is for pewterware from the 19th century. Ornate Victorian tableware and flatware are particularly popular.

Other types of collectible pewter include ladles, serving spoons, butter knives, candlesticks, mugs, drinking cups, coffee pots and tea sets. Pewter bar accessories, such as strainers and funnels, are also very popular. Enthusiasts who prefer non-culinary pewter enjoy collecting ink pots, religious items, shaving mugs, vases, snuff boxes and hairbrushes.

The value of a pewter object depends on its age, manufacturer and the clarity of its maker's mark. Pristine pewter marks are much rarer than those stamped on sterling silver because pewter is exceptionally soft, pliable and prone to gouging. The best way to protect this unusual metal is to avoid putting acidic foods in culinary items. It is also advisable to wash them by hand immediately after use. Household items made from pewter require periodic dusting with a feather duster or soft, dry cloth.

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