Dating tudric pewter
Venice was the centre of trade with Muslim countries to the east, whose decorative styles influenced Italian engravers.
In England the industry developed slowly until 1700, when new foundries in Birmingham and Bristol rapidly expanded brass manufacture.
The Museum has collected brass since its earliest days.
Two of the collection's strengths are its candlesticks, reflecting 350 years of changes in style across Europe, and the dishes, which illustrate the great traditions of basin-beating in Germany and engraving in Italy.
Substandard wares, often containing too much lead, incurred fines and were liable to destruction.
Brass candlesticks and holy-water buckets played their part in church services.
Pewter is an alloy or mixture of metals consisting primarily of tin.
Adding metals such as copper and antimony makes pewter harder and more durable. Before 1800 lead was allowed in 'lay metal', a lower-quality alloy used for measures and boxes. Pewter's low melting point makes it suitable for casting, though early casting moulds were expensive. It declined as ceramics, brass and silver plate grew more popular.
The top rim has some small dents and dinks in it and the inside surface has various marks and signs of wear (see photo) but nothing that detracts from the overall vase.
Tudric pewter and enamel clock designed by Archibald Knox, the mottled blue enamelled and copper dial with Roman numerals, the original A. 12 cm x 12 cm x 11.5 cm A Tudric pewter and enamel square box, the lid with a raised pictorial panel of a sunset landscape, the interior with original green velvet and satin lining, with Liberty & Co. Height 29.8 cm An English pewter (Tudric) tray designed by Archibald Knox, shaped rectangular form with bar form handles and stylised decoration to the corners. Height 34 cm A Tudric pewter and green glass small wine jug, possibly an Archibald Knox design, the hinged lid with raised thumbpiece, the top and base mounts with raised heart motif and floral designs, the flared circular base marked beneath with impressed number 0330, plain swollen green glass body. Embossed 'English Pewter' and model number to the base. Tudric pewter dish designed by Archibald Knox, circular with three handles, original green-glass line, cast in low relief with stylised honesty highlighted with blue/green enamel, some minor loss. An Archibald Knox designed 'English Pewter' biscuit box, decorated with stylised ivy, square form with conforming lid with a circular panel and two raised bars, impressed marks, shape #0194. An Archibald Knox 'Tudric' pewter biscuit box, traditional decoration with 'Honesty' decoration with enamelled highlights, some missing, square form, the conforming lid with a circular panel and two raised ridges, impressed marks including shape #0194.