Made to order in New York, United States. Perth Pewter, a division of Medieval Productions, has launched a brand new catalog. New in the original packaging.
James Lane Casey captures the essence of this legendary creature with his sculpture "Gryphon". Gryphon Statuette is with the hind end of a lion and the head, wings, and forelegs of an eagle, "Gryphon" stands approximately 7 inches tall, 4 1/2 inches long with a wingspan of 4 inches, and has beautiful Swarovski crystal eyes. (Color of crystals may vary.)
(Photo colors may not match the actual colors)
Perth Pewter is an American company (New York) started in 1975 as a division of Superior Models Inc. This "Gryphon" is sculpted by James Lane Casey with 7" tall. These majestic beasts still keep watch atop the highest cathedrals in Europe. Most of their products are listed as large pieces, but the sizes vary greatly from just over 2 inches (not large at all) to over 10 inches, but most are between 4" to 7".
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The Art Of Pewter Casting
Pewter was first used around the beginning of the Bronze Age in the Near East. The earliest piece of pewter found is from an Egyptian tomb from 1450 BC.
Pewter is a malleable metal alloy, traditionally 85-99% tin, with the remainder consisting of copper, antimony, bismuth and sometimes, less commonly today, lead. Silver is also sometimes used. Copper and antimony act as hardeners while lead is common in the lower grades of pewter, which have a bluish tint. It has a low melting point, around 170-230 C (338-446 F), depending on the exact mixture of metals. The word pewter is likely a variation of the word spelter, a term for zinc alloys (originally a colloquial name for zinc).
The constituents of pewter were first controlled in the 12th century by town guilds in France. By the 15th century, the Worshipful Company of Pewterers controlled pewter constituents in England. This company originally had two grades of pewter, but in the 16th century, a third grade was added. The first type, known as "fine metal", was used for tableware. It consisted of tin with as much copper as it could absorb, which is about 1%. The second type, known as "trifling metal" or "trifle", was used for hollowware and is made up of fine metal with approximately 4% lead. The last type of pewter, known as "lay" or "ley" metal, was used for items that were not in contact with food or drink. It consisted of tin with a 15% lead. These three alloys were used, with little variation, until the 20th century.
Older pewters with higher lead content are heavier, tarnish faster, and oxidation gives them a darker silver-gray color. Pewters containing lead are no longer used in items (such as cups, plates, or jewelry) that will come in contact with the human body due to health concerns stemming from the lead content. Modern pewters are available that are completely free of lead, although many pewters containing lead are still being produced for other purposes.
A typical European casting alloy contains 94% tin, 1% copper, and 5% antimony. A European pewter sheet would contain 92% tin, 2% copper, and 6% antimony. Asian pewter, produced mostly in Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand, contains a higher percentage of tin, usually 97.5% tin, 1% copper, and 1.5% antimony. This makes the alloy slightly softer.
Ian Carter was the owner and founder of Perth Pewter, known to most as John Carter. John started his company around 1973 called, Superior Models Inc. It was mainly a Hobby Company, making Models of World War 2 Submarines and Ships. He also did quite a bit of contract work for other companies. In 1975, Pewter was becoming quite popular and started a Sub-Division of Superior Models Inc. Called, Perth Pewter Designs and Collectibles. In the beginning, most of the Perth Pewter Designs were created by the Artist James Lane Casey, Ron Spicer, Ray Lamb, and John Dennett.
The current owner of Perth Pewter, Peter Stachowiak, was not only John's apprentice; he was also like John's son. Peter started working with John in 1983. John shared ALL of his knowledge and secrets with Peter, concerning the ''Tricks of the Trade'' of pewter designs, molds etc. knowing that someday, Peter would be taking over Perth Pewter. Peter, at the young age of four, had already developed a love for working with metal, as he would help his Father cast fishing sinkers and small soldier figurines. So, it was no surprise to Peter's Family that he would follow his dream and work with pewter.
In 1998 John Carter retired. Just as John had planned, Peter then took over the company, having all copyrights to Perth Pewter Designs and still maintaining a working relationship with the artist behind the Perth Pewter Designs. Ian John Carter passed away in March of 2002. His legacy will continue to live on through Perth Pewter, with Peter maintaining the high standards, craftsmanship, and quality, just as John had always done.
Since Perth Pewter was originally a Sub-Division of Superior Models, Some of the items will have the Superior Models Logo along with the Artist Signature on the bottom of the item, while other items will have the Perth Pewter Logo along with the Artist Signature on the bottom. Some items will even have both the Superior Models and the Perth Pewter Logo on the bottom. The Original Owner, John Carter, did not find it necessary to immediately change the Logo from Superior Models, on the bottom of the items, over to Perth Pewter, even though he was selling the items under the Perth Pewter Name. Nor did he change some of the items from Superior Models over to Perth Pewter on the bottom of the Item. So, even though some of the items may say Superior Models on the bottom, they are very much Authentic Perth Pewter Items and Signed by the Artist that created the Design.
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