Pewter-smith Shop, Williamsburg, Virginia

This card depicts a master craftsman in the process of making implements out of pewter. This is   a metal alloy of almost pure tin, mixed normally with copper and less often with other metals such as lead. It was the preferred metal for those who could not afford silver. The shop is named The Golden Ball.

Genuine Curteich-Chicago “C.T. Art Colortone”

The description states simply:

SIGN OF THE GOLDEN BALL

WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA

The pewter maker’s shop is a part of the official craft program of the restoration.

–While it is not obvious, the person depicted is a re-enactor, trained in metal work, who crafts items in the traditional way for the edification of visitors to Williamsburg. The card likely dates from the 1950s.

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