Pewter craft has been around for centuries, stretching back to the Bronze age. Artefacts have even been found in the tombs of ancient Egypt. The history of Irish pewter goes back some 800 years. Originally, pewter would have been only for the very wealthy, adorning the tables of castles in the form of plates, goblets and candlesticks. Usage eventually spread to the lower classes too in the form of plates and tankards. While glass and pottery grew in popularity in the 18th and 19th centuries, the use of pewter fell out of fashion. However in recent times, Irish pewter has enjoyed a healthy revival. This is largely down to one Irish company and one of our favorite makers here at The Irish Store.
Mullingar Pewter is situated in the heart of County Westmeath. They have been handcrafting the finest Irish pewter gifts since 1974. Peter Collins studied the pewter craft in Germany for 2 years before returning to Ireland to revive this ancient Irish craft. He set about training his team of craftspeople in the old methods of casting and hand finishing. Since then they have been creating stand out pieces of the highest standards. Check out the video below where Peter gives us a tour of the workshop and discusses his work and the inspiration for his designs.
Lulus Top 5 Irish Pewter Gifts
1. Personalized Pewter Trinity Knot Pocket Watch
Number one on my list has to be the Trinity Knot Pocket watch. Our best selling Irish pewter gift features a stunning Trinity knot design, inspired by Ireland’s ancient treasure, The Book of Kells. The classic pocket watch gets a unique Celtic look and the craftsmanship is second to none. Best of all it can be personalized with up to 15 characters to give a thoughtful personal touch. A memorable Irish gift for dads and grandpas.
So here we have a stunning watch for her that combines a classic vintage design with an unmistakably Irish symbol. The beautifully detailed Claddagh features the hands of friendship, the crown for loyalty and the heart for love. It comes on a 30-inch chain and is beautifully presented in a Mullingar Pewter gift box.
3. Mullingar Pewter Trinity Knot Money Clip
So this one’s for her and it really is a show stopper. The perfect Celtic chest for your Celtic jewelry collection! Here, the craftsmanship of the experts at Mullingar Pewter can be seen in all its glory. Delicate beadwork and intricate hand finished Celtic knot designs perfectly complement the exquisite Irish Claddagh motif-the symbol of Love, Loyalty & Friendship. The lining is plush red velvet. An unforgettable gift for her.
5. Mullingar Pewter Hip Flask and Shot Glasses
My final pick is the perfect Irish gift for him. The set contains a hip flask, two shot glasses and a measure. The presentation box is crafted from highly polished wood with a plush red velvet lining. The pewter work features classic Celtic knot work and spiral designs, the like of which can be seen at iconic Celtic monuments such as Newgrange in Ireland’s ancient east.
So there are my top Irish pewter picks. Why not shop our full range of Mullingar Pewter and start your collection today. Don’t forget to use the voucher code BLOG10 at the checkout to get a 10% discount!
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See you next week,
Slán go fóill!