View Full Version : pewter flask... bad idea?
10-09-2003, 05:54 PM
So I got a pewter hip flask as a present. I seem to remember that pewter is a lead related substance. Is it a bad idea to keep my whiskey in it?
10-09-2003, 05:57 PM
It depends on the pewter. I had a plate I bought from a reenactir supplier that was recalled due to the lead content of that batch of pewter. They sent me two replacement plates, packing and stamps to return the 'bad' plate. I don't think that kind of problem comes up very often.
Isn't lead also more of a developmental limiter? Mostly effects the brain development of children? Not sure what effect it has on adults.
10-09-2003, 06:23 PM
Adult Lead Poisoning (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00056742.htm).
10-09-2003, 06:42 PM
Best bet is to find out who made the flask. Chances are pretty good that it is lead-free as lead-free pewter is readily available.
Most if not all of the pweter being sold at Faire (Northern) is produly proclaimed as lead-free
10-09-2003, 06:44 PM
ergh... produly = proudly. :smack:
10-09-2003, 06:59 PM
Pewter is predominantly tin (at least 92% for current "American Pewter" standards). The rest may be a number of metals, including antimony, copper, bismuth or lead.
Modern day pewter objects intended for serving food will probably be lead-free. "Food grade" pewter will probably contain copper to make it less brittle, and antimony to prevent tarnish.
I would worry only if it were an antique or made in a third world country, not a modern item made in a nation with safety regulations.
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