• The pewter spoon handle at the top, unearthed at Jamestown, is the oldest dated piece of American pewter in existence. It was made by Joseph Copeland of Chuckatuck, Va., in 1675. The spoon on the bottom is a conjectural restoration of Copeland’s specimen
    The pewter spoon handle at the top, unearthed at Jamestown, is the oldest dated piece of American pewter in existence. It was made by Joseph Copeland of Chuckatuck, Va., in 1675. The spoon on the bottom is a conjectural restoration of Copeland’s specimen
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pewter any of various alloys of tin with small amounts of other metals (especially lead)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pewter A hard, tough, but easily fusible, alloy, originally consisting of tin with a little lead, but afterwards modified by the addition of copper, antimony, or bismuth.
    • Pewter Utensils or vessels made of pewter, as dishes, porringers, drinking vessels, tankards, pots.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pewter An alloy of four parts of tin with one of lead. Its tenacity and fusibility are greater than those of either of the metals of which it is composed. It is used chiefly for beer-pots and cheap tableware. If a larger proportion of lead is used, the alloy is liable to corrosion, and dangerous consequences may result from its use. Sometimes alloys consisting chiefly of tin, and also containing antimony or copper, or both, are called pewter as well as ‘Britannia metal,” which latter is the more usual name, although no sharp line can be drawn between the two alloys.
    • n pewter A vessel made of pewter; a tankard; a beerpot.
    • n pewter Collectively, vessels made of pewter.
    • n pewter Money; prize-money.
    • n pewter A material made of calcined tin, used in polishing marble.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pewter pū′tėr an alloy of four parts of tin and one of lead: sometimes tin with a little copper and antimony: a vessel made of pewter, esp. a beer-tankard:
    • adj Pewter made of pewter
    • n Pewter pū′tėr (slang) prize-money
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pewtyr, OF. peutre, peautre, piautre,: cf. D. peauter, piauter, It. peltro, Sp. & Pg. peltre, LL. peutreum, pestrum,. Cf. Spelter
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. peutre (It. peltro), from a Teut. root, seen in Low Ger. spialter, Eng. spelter.


In literature:

Besides other articles, it contained a pewter plate and a couple of spoons.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
One pair of pewter candlesticks (1).
"The Samuel Butler Collection at Saint John's College Cambridge" by Henry Festing Jones
In the innovations of modern times pewter spoons serve the same purpose, and their form is sometimes imitated in earthenware.
"Archeological Expedition to Arizona in 1895" by Jesse Walter Fewkes
There was a quaint old dresser with some pewter plates and a pitcher, and old china, and a great high mantel.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
But we won't give away the silver, nor the old pewter flagon, nor the basin and cups.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
I should prefer wood, or pewter if it please you: and I should think one varlet might answer.
"Earl Hubert's Daughter" by Emily Sarah Holt
They were sometimes of pewter with iron pins, sometimes wholly of brass or iron.
"Customs and Fashions in Old New England" by Alice Morse Earle
One Duzen large Pewter Plates, new fashion, a Duzen Ivory-hafted knives and forks.
"Quilts" by Marie D. Webster
Lastly, the chief sent the inscription engraved on a piece of pewter which had been left with him in July 1769.
"Captain Cook" by W.H.G. Kingston
Count out th' pewter.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 2, No 6, December 1862" by Various

In poetry:

DUKE HUMPHY, as I understand,
Though mentally acuter,
His boots are only silver, and
His underclothing pewter.
"The Periwinkle Girl" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Inside, a new landlord,
a new wife, a new broom!
Atlantic seaboard antique shop
pewter and plunder
shone in each room.
"The Old Flame" by Robert Lowell
A race of nobles may die out,
A royal line may leave no heir;
Wise Nature sets no guards about
Her pewter plate and wooden ware.
"Kossuth" by James Russell Lowell
And there, in the golden weather,
He stitched and hammered and sung;
In the brook he moistened his leather,
In the pewter mug his tongue.
"Cobbler Keezar's Vision" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Down stucco sidestreets,
Where light is pewter
And afternoon mist
Brings lights on in shops
Above race-guides and rosaries,
A funeral passes.
"Dublinesque" by Philip Larkin
What mode of subsistence have you pointed out,
That will keep us from starving in future?
What trade, or what cash, or what lands lie about?
I fear all your silver is pewter.
Is pewter, &c.
"Nancy's Courtship" by William Hutton

In news:

Shipwreck reveals precious coins, rare pewter artifacts to salvors at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Monika Chiang Artemys sneaker in Pewter ($385) available at
Ashley exposed her midriff in a sheer black top with jewel details and a pewter skirt.
Pewter shop mixes art, production, promotion into success.
Buccaneers Q&A with Scott Reynolds of The Pewter Report.
Pewter bunch looking Super.
Pewter Plough 's 'The Grand Manner' is set at a theater turning point.
A dose of shimmery pewter glams up your everyday look.
National Hot Rod Ass'n racer Bob Tasca III had hoped to be able to bring a special-edition pewter "Wally" trophy with him to Florida this week.
Your figures appear to be made of lead or pewter.
Pewter Plough's 'The Grand Manner '.
Pewter Plough's 'The Grand Manner ' is set at a theater turning point.
It's the fifth in an annual series of ornaments crafted in pewter.
Cub Scout Pack 241 has been honoring Glastonbury heritage for 22 years by introducing 100 percent pewter ornaments that are made in Connecticut.
Bess translates an idealized French bistro into western terms (pewter bar.