What is Pewter ?
Pewter is a metal alloy composed primarily of tin with varying amounts of copper,
antimony, bismuth and sometimes lead.
It was first used in the manufacture of vessels by the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans,
and other ancient civilizations.
In Europe, pewter was utilized extensively from medieval times through the 18th
century when pottery and porcelain replaced it as the materials of choice for serving
food and drink.
Pewter was also made and used in great quantities throughout North America from
the colonial period to the 1860s.
What is the PCCA?
Pewter Collectors' Club of America is an organization composed of over 600 individuals,
museums, and historical societies throughout the world interested in collecting antique
pewter from America, England, Europe, and Asia. Founded in 1934 and incorporated in
1977, the club encourages research and discussion on pewterers, their marks, their
lives, working periods, and locations. The PCCA does not buy, sell or appraise
pewter, however individual members may do so but without endorsement or recommendation
from the club.
The PCCA Bulletin,
an internationally recognized biannual publication of research on pewter.
The PCCA Newsletter,
a biannual publication of Club activities, meeting reports, exhibits and auction reports.
National meetings, twice a year, at major museums and institutions.
Regional groups and meetings in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and
Midwest for easier participation at meetings closer to home.
An opportunity for members to buy and sell pewter and reference
books among themselves at meetings via "for sale" tables.
An opportunity to meet and become acquainted with a group of people
who know and love pewter.
An opportunity to increase your knowledge and thereby form a better
Annual dues of $60 covers one or two adult memberships from a single
household. Other family members and friends are always welcome as guests at national
and regional meetings.
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