English Pewter Company are the UK's largest manufacturer of quality pewter giftware. Established in 1977 the family run business exports worldwide and our products can be seen in some of the worlds leading retail outlets. A commitment to Quality, Service and Price is at the core of our business.
All of our pewter products are handmade in the world famous manufacturing city of Sheffield. For centuries Sheffield has been synonymous with quality manufacturing. Although somewhat smaller than in previous decades this trend continues today and Sheffield still leads the way in the production of quality silverware, steel and pewterware.
Pewter, an easily worked alloy, has been with us since biblical times. The earliest record of pewter in Britain dates back to the Roman era around 250 AD. The importance of pewter as a metal and commodity did not develop fully until the middle ages. This period, often termed as the "Golden Age of the English Yeoman", marked the transformation of the material into everyday usage made possible by economic growth, notably through Britain's massive export of wool and woven cloth, and the increasing availability of raw materials from which to manufacture pewter. Pewter making remained a cottage industry until the 1770's when Jessop and Hankcock developed a new pewter alloy in Sheffield, incorporating antimony instead of lead and a little copper, it became known as Brittania metal and was capable of being given a bright polish. A new method of manufacturing called metal-spinning soon developed which resulted in a vast increase in the production of pewterware. The outcome was a light, highly polished product which soon became a popular alternative to more expensive silver plated goods.