This set of twelve pewter spoons by the Franklin Mint honors twelve of the most famous stories by the Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen.
The Franklin Mint has produced a number of sets of spoons, coins, commemoratives and other object-de-arte in a variety of different metals. They are well known for the quality of their artistic workmanship.
These spoons are rather large (6 - 6.5", 155 - 165mm) and are very heavy. Pewter is a much less expensive metal than silver, thus the manufacturer could afford to use more without affecting the price. I have included a U.S. quarter in the pictures so that you can judge relative size, since everyone uses a different size monitor.
In the detail pages, I have reproduced larger images of the finials and the bowls so that you can see the beautiful detail workmanship.
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A silver Danish version of the Tinder Box from a
series of 12 spoons
The back is marked as 830 silver made by W & SS (sometimes marked "SH")
This spoon and fork are from the same series, but
this design represents
the "Shepardess and the Chimney Sweep"
In true lover fashion, the spoon is engraved "Lisa" and the fork is engraved "Lars"
These pieces are marked the same as above.
The following information has been made available courtesy of the "Pewter Shop"
For more than 20 centuries craftsmen have worked metals to make everything from vital utensils to ornate jewelry. Pewter has played an important role in this development. A soft metal alloy composed of tin and over the years many different metals. Most people associate lead with Pewter, and it was one of the primary ingredients, giving the pieces a dull gray appearance.
During the Roman Empire, the tables of the Royal Courts were set with Pewter chargers and goblets. The early history of pewter in Europe goes back at least 800 years. The pewterers of this era produced the first utensils for domestic use, consisting mainly of tankards, plates and candlesticks.
Around the 12th century, pewter was only within the reach of the wealthy where it was found on the tables of castle halls and in the houses of rich merchants and churchmen. Later its use spread into taverns and cottages.
With the introduction of pottery and glass its use declined during the 18th and 19th centuries, but it has seen a more recent revival. It is now fashionable to buy pewter for every day use instead of silver. Pewter is easy to store, never wears out and on special occasions it provides a splendid display. It can also be readily engraved with an inscription by any competent jeweler.
About the only thing which has changed in pewter manufacture over the centuries is the composition of materials. Originally pewter was made from a composite of lead and tin. In order to be classified as Pewter the alloy must be a minimum of 73 % tin. The higher the volume of tin the better the pewter. Regulations for preventing the use of Lead in an container used to eat or drink from in the 1980s, has lead us to a better quality alloy that looks like silver. The advantage is that Pewter does not tarnish like silver. It will develop a patina, an oxidation process, if left set-out for a period of time. This produces a dulling of the luster and some people like this look better than the high polish. This is said to be the development of character of the piece. It is your decision. Today, 'FINE PEWTER' is composed of 92% tin, 2% copper and 6% antimony. This composition allow us to produce the high quality items crafted. Please remember Pewter is a soft metal and is easily scratched, so always use a soft cloth such as cotton when cleaning.
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