Liberty Tudric Pewter
Liberty Tudric Pewter was a range of decorative goods and ornaments produced in England by the Liberty Company between 1903 and 1938. Pewter is an alloy of tin, copper and lead, which has been used domestically in Britain for centuries. History and Description
“Tudric” designs married well-known and loved symbols of “Englishness” such as the Tudor Rose, with the conventions of Art Nouveau which were so popular during the period. The pewter was “silver-polished” and incorporated other metals, semi-precious gemstones and inlays.
The intrinsically low value of pewter enabled pieces to be relatively inexpensive, considering the standard of workmanship and design.
Guide For Collectors
Liberty pewter pieces sell for relatively high sums at auction. There is particular interest in enameled and inlaid pieces. The prices realized compare with silver pieces, despite the difference in the values of the metals.
Designs range from small items such as napkin rings and inkwells to complex larger pieces such as clocks and elaborately inlaid and enameled vases. There are a variety of websites which can offer detailed advice to the collector, such as the Pewter Bank website, and antiquepewter.org.uk.
Liberty pewter is of particular interest to collectors of Art Nouveau and British design in general.
A Liberty Tudric Pewter faceted urn on buttressed legs was sold by Craftsman Auctions for $1200 in September 2008.
A Liberty Tudric Pewter inkwell and jug were sold by Craftsman Auctions for $275 in January 2004.
A pair of Liberty Tudric Pewter candlesticks were sold by Rago Arts and Auction Center for $1200 in September 2009.
A pair of Liberty Tudric Pewter candlesticks were sold by Craftsman Auctions for $2900 in January 2004.
A Liberty Tudric Pewter biscuit barrel was sold by Eastbourne Auction Rooms for £480 in November 2005.
A Liberty Tudric Pewter bowl was sold by Rago Arts and Auction Center for $1100 in April 2010.
A Liberty Tudric Pewter clock was sold by Craftsman Auctions for $4250 in March 2008.
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