Care of Pewter

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). 

  • All you need to do to clean your Lancaster & Gibbings piece is use a soft cloth and a household furniture polish - and if it’s a photo frame, just use glass cleaner when you clean the glass.
  • I wouldn't recommend cleaning the pewter with silver polish; that will turn up the contrast on the piece to maximum, making the highlights too bright and the recessed areas too dark.
  • If you’ve left it a bit too long (or you need to remove the silver polish) washing in hot soapy water is good, but just getting a bit more vigorous with the cloth should work. 
  • How you choose to look after your piece will, to a slight extent, determine how it looks over time.

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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