An oil lamp made from pewter and glass.

Assembly required
Minimal
Colour
Silver
Depth
5cm
Dimmable
No
Height
26cm
Light bulbs included
No
Material
Pewter
Package depth
12cm
Package height
22cm
Package weight
0.60kg
Package width
14cm
Secondary colour
Neutral
Secondary material
Glass
Weight
0.40kg
Width
5cm

Pewter in ancient times

This silvery grey metal is chiefly derived from cassiterite (which takes its name from the Isles Cassiteriti, thought to be the Isles of Scilly, southwest Cornwall).

Tin is mainly found in underground ore deposits, tied together with other minerals, but it is also found in sand as placer deposits.

As native element, tin is rare. It is said to be first extracted in Central Asia. The extraction of it in south-west Britannia was described by Diodoro, Caesar’s contemporary : “Miles and miles of galleries under the sea, and above, on miners’ heads, waves roared”

In this highland areas tin was extracted under the open sky. The metal was melted on the spot in order to be directed to Marseille, Bruges and Köln through the Channel.

Depending on their personal skills, some started to work wood, others became blacksmiths. Soon the farmer became a proper craftsman.

The exploitation of tin mines led to a new profession: the caster.

The art of casters soon got respect and consideration: the traineeship lasted from 3 to 8 years and it was particularly hard. If the trainee held up this period, the Master charged him with a test before living him any kind of qualification. Two older men were at the head of the workers.

It took many years to get all the necessary skills to become a caster. Once become a Master he should be subjected to strict rules. The objects he should produce during the exam were usually wine jug, bowls and ampoules.

Manufacturing process

This silvery grey metal is chiefly derived from cassiterite (which takes its name from the Isles Cassiteriti, thought to be the Isles of Scilly, southwest Cornwall).

Tin is mainly found in underground ore deposits, tied together with other minerals, but it is also found in sand as placer deposits.

As native element, tin is rare. It is said to be first extracted in Central Asia. The extraction of it in south-west Britannia was described by Diodoro, Caesar’s contemporary : “Miles and miles of galleries under the sea, and above, on miners’ heads, waves roared”

In this highland areas tin was extracted under the open sky. The metal was melted on the spot in order to be directed to Marseille, Bruges and Köln through the Channel.

Depending on their personal skills, some started to work wood, others became blacksmiths. Soon the farmer became a proper craftsman.

The exploitation of tin mines led to a new profession: the caster.

The art of casters soon got respect and consideration: the traineeship lasted from 3 to 8 years and it was particularly hard. If the trainee held up this period, the Master charged him with a test before living him any kind of qualification. Two older men were at the head of the workers.

It took many years to get all the necessary skills to become a caster. Once become a Master he should be subjected to strict rules. The objects he should produce during the exam were usually wine jug, bowls and ampoules.

Use and maintanance

Pewter does not tarnish and the appearance and finish is unchanged over time without the need for regular polishing. Pewter requires very little attention to be kept in an excellent condition:

  • Indeed all that is needed is a careful dusting and periodic washing with lukewarm soapy water . The articles should then be dried with a soft cloth.
    • If marks do appear, due for example to contact with fruit, then we would recommend a polish with the kind of products more normally used to clean silver. The brand names of such cleaning products vary between - territory but for example include “Sidol”, “Duraglit” or “Argentil”.
    • Pewter has a relatively low point of fusion and therefore items should not be placed near heat sources.
    • Dishwashers should not be used for washing our products as it could affect the finishing and colour.



Seeking out artisanal values embedded in Italian territory, Eligo brings together a collection of handcrafted objects that draw significance from their history and quality.