|HANDMADE ITALIAN PEWTER THAT BECOMES AN AMERICAN HEIRLOOM
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Tin, the main component of pewter, is extracted from a mineral called
'cassiterite' or tinstone and is found, in nature, mixed with other
underground mineral deposits. Tin has a very high degree of malleability, but it is just as easily
broken, if placed under pressure. When it breaks this metal emits a
distinctive sound, defined as 'the cry of the tin'.
The alloy which is used today for all the objects meets all the EEC and USA requirements provided for food containers.
It is lead free and made up of Tin (95%), Antimony (4-5%) and Copper (0.5%). Antimony
and Copper is used in order to give consistency and rigidity to the Tin. Tin is the 4th most expensive mineral behids gold, silver and platinum.
Part of a pewter object’s charm is the pewterers’ touchmarks upon it;
the pewterer’s equivalent of the gold and silver hallmark, which is an
official touchmark, or series of marks, struck on the object to show
the origin of the piece, and other information, to guarantee
authenticity. Of course, Cosi Tabellini has its own distinctive
marks on most pieces, as long as the piece is large enough.
A key part of Cosi Tabellini’s design identity is the mark of the
thistle. Sergio Tabellini, co-founder of the company, was friends with
the renowned Brescian artist Antonio Stagnoli, and commissioned him to
paint the thistle, prolific in the mountains nearby, as he felt it
signified beauty and grace, and the thistle was incorporated into early
touchmarks, as well as remaining as an emblem in the company logo. Design collaborations have meant an inclusion of an ‘M’ for their
partner, Match Pewter, in the USA who has taken the Cosi Tabellini name
across the Atlantic to an extremely receptive American audience. The
number ‘95’ has also been added, to signify the high tin content (95%) in the pieces.
PLEASE NOTE: If a piece is shown to be out of stock,we can generally ship it to you within one week. Please email al@LimoneImports.com to request a special code to order an out of stock piece.