Due to the wide variety of pewter marks discovered, there has been established the following classification between five main categories of marks: touch marks, quality marks, hallmarks, catalogue numbers and labels. A pewterer has the possibility to use one or more of these types of marks and the more types he uses, the better the pewter piece will be identified.
For each type of pewter, depending on its origin, there are guided and books written on the subjects of pewter marks. In this way, there you can definitely observe drawings and photographs of pewterers’ marks and learn their characteristics. However, you should look for the latest volumes published so that all information provided is correct.
Based on the pewterers’ marks you will be able to determine the origin of the antique pewter article and appreciate the true value of each work of art made of pewter. The pewterers’ marks have been imposed since the 15th century, and the antique pewter articles that do not have such marks, may have been produced earlier.
However, you must be always careful when it comes to the identification of marks because there are also some fake pewter articles that are still subject of transactions. Therefore, it will be very helpful for all pewter collectors and those interested to gain experience for the identification of pewter marks.
Therefore, we have decided to present each pewter mark separately and reveal some relevant pictures with examples. Then, you can start by analyzing your own antique pewter articles and gain experience.
Finally, the good news is that the antique pewter articles are great pewter collectables which can be used for home design and home decoration.