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Early American-made pewter can be expensive to collect
Pewter is a metal alloy, traditionally between 85 and 99 percent tin, with the remaining elements consisting of 1to 15 percent copper, which acts as a hardener. Occasionally, lead was added to the lower grades of pewter, which gives pewter a bluish tint. The word “pewter” is probably a variation of the word spelter. “Spelter” became peautre in French, and many other languages. From the French, the English derived the word “pewter.”