A great advantage of pewter is that it actually needs very little looking after. Your first thought of pewter might be of that dull grey metal tankard; but, whilst old pewter had lots of lead in it, it was actually shiny when it was new. Modern pewter, without the lead, will never go as dull however long you leave it. However, it will develop a subtle patina over time (we’re talking years here).
A lot of modern pewter has been dipped in acid to age it, to give it a patina, and then brushed to bring out the highlights. It’s a nice look, and can bring out the detail in a design very effectively, but it is like buying pre-washed jeans. It is what most people do, and it does look good; but it will never be as good as something that has aged with you over time.
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