The ancient craft of pewter making was revived in Ireland by Paddy Collins in Mullingar in 1974. Paddy’s son, Peter, now runs the business and employs 30 people from the local area. Most of the pieces are still made in the traditional way in our own workshop by local men and women, specially trained in the old casting methods, meticulous assembly and delicate hand finishing. These skills take years to acquire. We have consistently applied the highest standards of design and quality control in the production of these exquisite gifts. We ship from Ireland worldwide and are renowned for our finest grade pewter. Most of our designs are taken from the Celtic crosses and many monuments that dot the Irish countryside. Our products are useful for everyday use, but beautifully decorated in Irish, Celtic, Kells, Woodland, Legend, Religious and Generic designs. As time passes our pewter becomes very collectable and valued by collectors from all parts of the world.
All our soldering is now done with leadfree solder where food or drink is concerned. Within our range of Creative Irish Gifts we have many Irish Gifts that are appropriate for any occasion. Our Irish Giftware collection is only part of our range. We sell many generic designs also. In both traditional and generic we have measures, shots, quaichs, plaques, plates, steins, vases, carafes, tankards, goblets, cups, trophies, chalices, coffee sets, tea sets, trays, chess sets, draught sets, patens, mass kits, religious kits, lamps, bangles, cake servers, crystal, wedding flutes, cake knife, St. Patrick, wedding bell, candlestick, candles, candle holders, money clips, tooth box, curl box, service plates, Celtic cross, crosses, high cross, Claddagh cross, picture frames, Ornaments, beakers, flutes, nativity sets, crib sets, door knockers, standing cross, pocket watches, gents watches, compasses, wine stoppers, bottle openers, corkscrew, book mark, whiskey flasks, statues, hip flasks, glass tankards, army knife, pen knife, Ireland plate, Dublin plate, pendent watches, cutlery tools, key chains, key rings, magnets, round tower, castles, Blarney Castle, hair clasps, hair clips, barrette, hair pin, combs, bobbles, hair beads, beard beads, URN's, tea boxes, tie pins, cuffs, paperweights, pop sockets, scarf rings, birth cert box, jewellery boxes, jewelry boxes, whiskey sets, whisky sets, Men of Aran, St. Brendan the Navigator, cows, Irish dancer, golf trophies, football, hurlers, Dolman, sports flasks and leather flasks.
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The History of Pewter
The history of Irish Pewter goes back 800 years. The early craftsmen produced the first domestic pewter utensils, consisting mainly of tankards, plates and candlesticks. Around the 12th. century, pewter was only for the wealthy, where it was to be found on the tables of castle halls and in rich merchant's and churchmen's houses. Later the use of pewter spread into taverns and cottages. In the 18th and 19th centuries, with the introduction of pottery and glass, pewter use declined but it has seen a more recent revival.
It's now fashionable to buy pewter for everyday use. Pewter is easy to store, never wears out and on special occasions it provides a splendid display.
About the only thing that has changed in pewter manufacture is the materials. Pewter is a semi-precious metal and silver in colour, unlike zinc, cast iron and some brushed steel finished items that generally have a dull finish, pewter is bright and inviting. Bronze & Gold are more brass related. Pewter is unique in color and finish making it a special metal, rare in content and ideal for Celtic creations. The alloy that we use is predominantly tin. Originally pewter was made from a composition of lead and tin. Today, the raw 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.