An alloy normally consisting of at least 90 per cent tin, that has been combined with various other metals such as copper, bismuth, antimony and lead, to create a durable material for the manufacture of fine domestic castware. Also used for generally rather meritless trophies, spunware and game peices.
All currently made English cast pewter tableware is lead free and is safe for food and drink. This may not be true for all pewter made around the world and its use, if of uncertain origon, should be avoided. Beware of apparently English brand names that are really made elsewhere and always take the trouble to ASK where an item has come from. Lead and aluminium are KILLERS!
by Simon Lucas February 22, 2006