The unique craft of pewter making in Ireland goes back over 800 years. The first Irish pewter craftsmen’s focus was on making domestic pewter utensils (think candlesticks, plates, tankards), and only the wealthy could really afford to buy them. Once pottery and glass became popular (and was cheaper) pewter use declined, but the recent pewter revival is due in part to Mullingar Pewter, founded by a Irish father & son in 1974. Mullingar-based Paddy and Peter Collins carefully trained Irish artisans in the ancient casting methods, assembly and delicate hand-finishing. These special skills take years to acquire and finesse, and as a result of these decades of practice, the fine quality of all Mullingar Pewter products really shines through. Pewter has staged a comeback due to the collective realization that 1) it’s easy to store and 2) never really wears out (cough, silver) and 3) has a beautiful warm sheen. Mullingar Pewter’s stunning products are lead-free and meant to be handed down from generation to generation. They make for absolutely wonderful gifts! materials consist of 95% tin with the balance made up of copper and antimony. Our pewter products are guaranteed lead-free and quite safe to be used for all kinds of food and drink.
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