Pewter is an allot of tin (85% – 99%) and several other metals. It was first used extensively by the Egyptians and the Romans but came into frequent use during the middle ages. There is a thriving European pewter industry mostly dealing with the tourist industry. I started collecting pewter pieces while in Germany as a quaint keepsake that hark-backs to a Medieval past. They certainly are not authentic pieces by any stretch but are an interesting nick-knack.