How Tankards Are Made
All of our pewter tankards are hand made in Sheffield, England by highly skilled craftsmen using traditional methods.
The Kings Shilling Tankard
To get an idea how much work goes into hand making a tankard, view the video below. The tankard shown in the video is our popular 1+ Pint King's Shilling Tankard.
Made With Pride In Sheffield
For centuries Sheffield has been synonymous with quality manufacturing. Although somewhat smaller than in previous decades, this trend continues today and Sheffield still leads the way in the production of quality silverware, steel and pewterware.
The manufacture of pewter items was revolutionised by James Vickers in 1769 when he introduced a new alloy mix of pewter to the metal working skills found in his native Sheffield. The discovery that with the addition of a little antimony to the tin, meant that the resultant mixture could be turned into a sheet of metal. So instead of using expensive moulds to make castings, the resulting mixture in cooled sheet form could be cut, shaped, (by hand or spun on a wooden former) and the resultant pieces soldered together and an inexpensive version of the traditional pewter product was made.
The Sheffield metal industry had been working with sheet metal for some time before this discovery so the expertise was there to take on this new way to produce pewter. This led to a boom and by the early to mid 1800s factories grew bigger and turned out thousands of pieces at far less cost and lower selling prices than the traditional methods could compete with. This was not unusual at this time as it happened with lots of previously cottage type industries – textiles for example.
Even though the pewter industry had now moved into factory production, the impressive design work and skill of those who work in the factories continued as people with talents could still rise above their colleagues and express their design skills. These skills and talents, though because it is factory production, do not necessarily receive the acclaim and the value they deserve. These same traditional skills are still used to make our products today, and you can see the expertise which goes into making these products in the video above.