At Danforth Pewter, our mission is to create finely crafted heirlooms that can be used every day and enjoyed for generations. Everything we make, from our ornaments and jewelry to kitchenware and home goods, is handmade by our local artisans in the heart of rural Vermont, where we design, cast, spin, polish, paint, and assemble raw metal to form the exquisite object you hold in your hands.|
When you buy Danforth Pewter, you bring a unique piece of authentic Vermont artisanship into your life.
Our workers all come from our local community and are trained in-house, becoming world-class artisans who are passionate about their trade. In a time when most commercially sold metalwork is machine-made in a factory, Danforth Pewter stands as one of the few uniquely personal, human-centered businesses, where working metal is an art, and our pride is in our handiwork.
Here, a small team of metalworkers spin disks of pewter into oil lamps and tumblers. (They make it look easy, but thatís because each worker apprentices for over two years.) In another room, artisans carve vulcanized rubber, creating the molds that will shape ornaments, earrings, and frames. In the back, one worker polishes a vase until it shines. Elsewhere, a painter brushes color onto to the wing of each songbird ornament. Finally, one last worker puts on the finishing touches, such as a ribbon or a chain, before boxing each one and shipping it to you.
Danforth pewter is made of the finest lead-free alloy of tin, copper and antimony. The tin imparts a fine sheen and malleability. Over time and with use, your pewter will develop a wonderful patina. Due to the high quality of pewter alloy we use, Danforth pewter contains no lead and therefore is safe for food and drink, meeting or exceeding FDA food safety standards.
Pewter will last for generations if cared for properly.
Many collectors feel that pewter benefits from handling as it develops a distinctive, warm patina the more it is used.
Though certain conditions will cause pewter to oxidize and darken such as regular handling and living near saltwater, pewter does not tarnish like silver and copper. Pewter can be cleaned with warm soapy water, rinsed, then towel dried with a soft cloth. Do not wash pewter in an automatic dishwasher as the heat and detergent can be harmful to the piece.
There are various pewter cleaners and polishes available to maintain your pewter. Danforth recommends Simichrome polish. It is a soft paste for virtually any metal. Cleans to a brilliant shine and leaves a protective film. When applying to satin-finished pieces, you will want to apply the polish following the grain otherwise the finish can come off over time.
Pewter should never be used in an oven, microwave or on the stovetop and should not be exposed to a direct flame. This could cause melting and deform the piece.