Pewter objects were indispensable in Scottish homes and churches for 350 years, though due to the metals recyclability, few artefacts from this period survive. Pewter-makers records, however, provide details of the material and the culture that surrounded production. This thoroughly researched guide includes a short history of pewter in Scotland, information on how objects were produced, the pewterers, their markings, and a photographic catalogue of pewter plates, tankards and measures.
‘This is a remarkable book, only the second ever on Scottish pewter. There is a full bibliography which will aid future researchers. It will undoubtedly become the ‘bible’ for collectors of Scottish pewter but for those with an interest in Scottish history it provides a very readable account of the development and regulation of trade as exemplified by the pewterers from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries’ –
Journal of the Pewter Society
‘A genuine work of love, this splendid and lavishly illustrated book is a definitive guide to Scottish pewter wares, essentially different to those of England. Elegant, simple and above all, functional, Scottish pewter has been somewhat taken for granted over the centuries. Spencer Davies, a Past-President of the Pewter Society, provides it with a historical perspective and pedigree’ – Scotland Magazine
‘Peter Spencer Davies’s scholarly history of the origins and development tells the tale. Collectors of pewter from north of the border have found their bible, but those merely interested in a peephole into the domestic life of Scots between the Reformation and the age of steam might also be beguiled. Illustrated with church plate and communion flagons, pirlie pigs for collecting fines, ranks of measuring jugs used in taverns, and the homely tappit hens use, this is a record of a very characterful sort of tableware. Showing the changing tastes of church and populace, this history also takes the reader into the workshops of the artisans and increasingly astute businessmen whose goods they bought’ – Scottish Review of Books
‘This study, aside from being beautifully produced and richly illustrated, advances our understanding of the production and consumption of this crucial material.... (It) is a delightful exploration of Scottish pewter, updating Wood's classic study, and setting a new standard for this century’ – Aaron Allen, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
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