A water glass with a pewter base.

Assembly required
None
Colour
Silver
Depth
9cm
Height
11cm
Material
Pewter
Package depth
9cm
Package height
10cm
Package weight
0.50kg
Package width
16cm
Secondary colour
Neutral
Secondary material
Glass
Weight
0.30kg
Width
9cm

Pewter in ancient times

During the first phase the items is conceived and the technical drawing is realized. Alfredo creates the prototype by hand and after its final approval, we make the production mould. The pewter alloy is formed by melting the metal ingots into the melting pot at the temperature of about 300°C. Whilst the mould is rotating rapidly on the turntable of the centrifugal machine, molten pewter is ladled into the central orifice and is forced by centrifugal force through the runways into the mould cavities. After few minutes the metal cools and solidifies and the as-cast is formed.

The mould is then opened, the casting prised and the spures removed with a strong wire cutter. Subsequently the quality of the metal is brought out by a series of buffing and polishing operations.

Many items are made up of several parts e.g. a pitcher is made up of a “body”, a base and an handle and a candleholder is made up of a shaft, branches and a base. It is therefore necessary to join each part to the other by soft soldering.

The surface of the item is smoothed and brightened by putting it into a vibrating tank filled with chips (abrasive inserts). Item is then checked and straightened with special hammers.

Depending on the taste of the customer, we now give the object its final appearance. This can be highly reflective or mat and those looks can be achieved by buffing and polishing (for the first one) or by immersion in a colouring solution and then cleaned with a soft cloth (for the second one).

The item is now checked once again and accurately packed.

Manufacturing process

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.

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.