The bronze-age began in Cornwall over 4000 years ago, and Cornwall quickly became the most important source of copper and tin in Europe. Bronze is mostly copper, with a bit of tin added. Pewter is mostly tin, with a bit of copper (and other metals) added. The first bronze and pewter alloys were probably “discovered” as naturally occurring blends of these metals in different ore deposits.
Pewter is not just a less-expensive substitute for sterling silver — it is beautiful in its own right. It might surprise you to find out, that tin is the 4th most precious metal in common usage after platinum, gold and silver!
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