Pewter is an alloy of tin, lead, copper, and antimony. Most 17th and 18th homes would have had some quantity of pewter done in the stylish forms of the period. In a polished finish, they mimicked the high style forms of the period. Also, it was very durable and could be repaired. By the 19th century, inexpensive porcelain replaced much of the pewter for household use.
Today, these patinaed pieces work well as charming accessories on side tables and as centerpieces. A cupboard full is the charm of a country style kitchen.
005. 14.5″ Pewter charger. marked London, $220.