Pewter

Pewter work

Our pewter is synonymous with longevity, warmth, aesthetics, and easy maintenance.

We receive pewter in ingots, which we melt in a boiler at a temperature of 210°C. For the profiles, we pour the pewter into vintage steel molds, some of which are 150 years olds. The metal can also be poured into various cast iron molds to create contemporary and modern designs.

We shape our pewter sheets on a wooden frame (30 mm plywood or 2 x 18 mm). Sheets and edge profiles are then welded together and subsequently scraped, filed, and finished in an artisanal and traditional manner.

History

Pewter is a precious metal with a long history dating back to antiquity. It was used by many ancient civilizations, including the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, primarily to make kitchen utensils, ornaments, and coins.

Its use has extended through the ages, and it has become a key element in modern industry, notably for the manufacture of solders, coatings, and metal alloys.

Pewter has also played an important role in international trade, being one of the most sought- after precious metals for centuries. Nowadays, Pewter continues to be widely used in many fields. It is the fourth most precious metal.

Specificity

Our pewter meets CE and US food hygiene standards. It is naturally antibacterial and antiseptic. Pewter is food-grade, unlike zinc, which is not. It is also non-oxidizable, unlike zinc.

Our pewter comes from Indonesia. In the early 20th century, counters were made of an alloy of 60% tin and 40% lead. Commonly called "Zinc," these counters, though made of pewter, owe their nickname to the distortion of the word "Zinn," meaning pewter in German.

In 1941, the French State authorized the occupying forces to requisition precious metals to contribute to Germany's industrial development. Pewter was separated from lead to be used in the early electronics industry, while lead was used in the armaments industry.

Pewter or Zinc ?

Le zincPewter
characteristicsOxidizable
Non-food-safe
non-oxidizable
food-safe
antibacterial
antiseptic
weldsvisiblenon-apparent
robustness
longevity
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colorlight gray,
zinc blue
can darken over time
light gray,
patinates with time
repairs++++
more malleable for
repair or modification
RÉSISTANCE AUX LIQUIDES AGGRESSIFS+
reacts, forms salts and hydrogen
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reacts slowly with acids
ease of maintenance++++
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Maintenance

Pewter is a gray metal, malleable, and moderately ductile. It is naturally antiseptic and antibacterial. Your counter will change color slightly and develop a patina over time. Pewter is a non-corrosive metal, whether in contact with saltwater or freshwater. Clean your counter daily with a soft, slightly damp cloth or sponge (without any detergent).

We recommend using our soap "Le Chardonneret" twice a month. This product is 100% natural. It maintains, degreases, cleans, and revives your counter.

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