Its been a exciting month so far, I recently was invited to The Worshipful Company of Pewterers to strike my mark at a touchmark ceremony, this is the first time for 10 years.
In England the Worshipful Company of Pewterers was established in 1478 to take control of the expanding pewter trade. On completing an apprenticeship, pewterers were required to register a ‘touchmark‘ to be stamped on their wares, which had to meet set standards of quality. Inspectors or ‘searchers’ from the Company travelled around England visiting workshops and testing items. Substandard wares, often containing too much lead, incurred fines and were liable to destruction.
The ceremony is now done purely for makers to register their marks so future generations can identify pewter pieces. The cermony took place in front of the court and the master followed by a meal. A good time was had by all and I now feel very honored to have my mark alongside the many other pewtersmiths from the last 500 years.