Dating pewter marks
One's I have, have no real value to me, and I touched a torch to one, it seems to melt rather easily.
tough question , some state pewter , these get melted down , but there are so many other alloys and metals that they can use it leaves wild guesses at best if unmarked , look up " spin casting " and the metals used , there's alot of them , worse some alloys marked pewter have high lead content yet are still what is deemed pewter , food service items are usually higher tin content with little to no lead , decorations etc tend to run towards more chances of having lead in the mix ( like my chinese ducks or ricker's pewter knick knacks ) I came across a large plate at a yard sale the other day stamped "Mexican Pewter".
The Doulton marks are many and varied but most follow the same theme.
Dating Royal Doulton products from their Doulton marks means you sometimes have to check very carefully.
The plate: The creamer / sugar: The bowl: Another creamer and sugar: Just the hallmark from a nice heavy compote I picked up: Some mugs have a glass bottom. I went to a very large factory and thats all they produced was pewter ware.
If I even looked like I was going to melt some of it down, I think my wife would pass the death sentence on me.
This has likely been asked before,,, but does anybody no what the general composition or alloy is of those typical cast belt buckles.Robert Allen handpainted wares were never produced in large quantities and many were never repeated.The dates given below give a close approximation of when the designs were produced.Robert Allen and artists in his studio were often allocated RA-numbers for their hand-painted wares designed and decorated by them.The RA numbers are mostly hand-written and accompany the standard Doulton marks.
It was a soft metal, but had a shine to it like dried solder.