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It happened again in the early 1920s when Americans once again looked to the late 18th century for furnishings and collecting.
These molds so accurately recreate the original that, on more than one occasion, a designs is a lead-free alloy, an amalgam of 95 percent of the highest quality tin, with the remaining 5 percent comprised of copper and antimony.
This unusually high percentage of tin (the fourth most expensive metal in the world, after platinum, gold and silver) creates a product of exceptional quality, as demonstrated by the luster of the finish and the weighty hand.
Some of the important pewter collections were formed then.
For the first time American makers were identified and cataloged in books. By the 1960s rare examples of American pewter sold for hundreds of dollars.