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    Quote Originally Posted by ANTIQUARIAN View Post
    Don't you mean... if I dig enough holes, one day I 'might' find a complete example.

    "It's important to remember that early pewter had a very large lead content. Because lead is a poisonous substance, its daily or frequent use resulted in the chemical leaching out of the plate, spoon or tankard and quickly being absorbed into the human body. As a result, many died from pewter poisoning, especially sailors. Pewter is crafted with a much lower lead base today, so it is not anywhere near as dangerous as it was a couple of centuries ago. It is difficult to find pieces that are not damaged or restored in some way.

    Centuries ago, sterling silver was displayed in people’s homes to show off their status or wealth. People who could not afford sterling relied on pewter examples fashioned to look like silver pieces to brighten a cupboard and fool visitors, who, most often could not tell the difference between the two metals. When it comes to marks, items stamped “pewter” indicate that a piece was actually manufactured in the 20th century. Punch or touch marks include various symbols, initials and makers, and there are thousands still that remain unidentified to this day."


    Congrats again on your find my friend,
    Dave
    That and the powdered lead in the cosmetics that the ladies covered their faces with. Begging for the miseries
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    Quote Originally Posted by trdking View Post
    Because it was so soft these spoons really took a beating. I believe it was Eli Whitney that carved his own spoon mold and traveled around to farms melting down old pewter ware and recasting it for a price. Early in his career. Would love to find some of his mold
    Thatís really neat. Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trdking View Post
    That and the powdered lead in the cosmetics that the ladies covered their faces with. Begging for the miseries
    Can you imagine how some of the common household goods that we use today will be looked at in the next 100 years or so?..Is that a plastic container? Donít touch it... Is that roundup ? Crazy to think about.
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    and cars with wheels!
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