Metal Utensils: Pewter

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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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A soft alloy of variable composition, but always with a very low melting point—a pewter dish placed on an electric cooker ring will melt. Old pewter was composed mainly of lead and tin and, especially when used for acidic food and drink, deposited dangerous amounts of lead. Modern pewter is almost entirely tin with a little antimony to harden it, and is safe enough.