Why settle for something less than the intended look and feel of the pewter fittings on your beer steins? I can provide lids and thumblifts, or repair damaged pewter to look like the original, including restoring patina! Pewter repair and restoration is not something for the soldering gun or a pair of pliers. Ask someone who has tried it, and their first words are likely to be "It's not at all easy, you need to know what you're doing." I know old steins, I know what lids and pewter fittings belong with these steins, and I have the supplies, the skills and the knowledge needed to restore your steins. See the examples of my work and the testimonials I have received from some of the most advanced stein collectors in the United States. Give me a call at 508-472-4424 (Eastern time, please), or send an email to David Harr to discuss your needs.
Pewter Repair Services I Offer:
I can re-attach your original lid or thumblift to your stein, provide parts from my inventory, straighten or remove dents from pewter fittings,
repair or restore your original pewter lid (modeling and casting) and more. I use chemicals to age my pewter repairs, and am usually able to match or reproduce the natural patina, although this cannot be 100% guaranteed. I do not sell parts, molds, chemicals or other supplies for pewter repair.
Silver and silver-plate:The techniques for working with silver and silver-plated fittings are entirely different from working with pewter. Silver repairs must be referred to a silversmith.
Costs: My minimum charge is $35. Please call or send email describing your needs in order to obtain an estimate of total costs. Photo's via email is the best way.
I buy lids! I am always happy to purchase old lids and mounts which I can use in a future repair. I will buy good quality pewter domed or steepled lids, art nouveau shapes, glass or ceramic inlaid lids, figural lids, regimental lids, silver lids... you name it. I am especially interested in acquiring inlaid lids for Mettlach, HR and similar manufacturers.
Measuring for a lid: In order to ensure that I have a lid which will fit your stein, I need to know the outside diameter at the upper rim of the stein. The other dimensions (shank height, etc.) can be adjusted when the lid is attached. For pouring spout steins I will fashion a lip of the right size and position. Caution: Steins which are out-of-round can only be fitted with an oversize lid, and in most cases this will not have a satisfactory appearance.
About me: I've been a stein collector and researcher for twenty plus years, with special interest in character steins and antique glass. I am a member of Stein Collectors International, Die Studenten Prinz Gruppe and the New England Steiners, both local chapters of SCI. I have been a speaker at SCI conventions and numerous chapter meetings. I began doing pewter repairs about twenty years ago after I was disappointed in some repairs done for me. Before starting this venture I consulted with other SCI Master Steinologists, all of whom had done extensive pewter repairs in the past, but are no longer doing so. My objective is to repair or replace the pewter on a stein so that it looks original - even if the stein is 100 years old or older! In addition to the techniques of molding and repair, I have a large inventory of lids and thumblifts which can be used when original pewter has been lost or damaged beyond repair. I have been able to satisfy a large number of stein-collector friends, most of whom are very fussy about their steins, and their praise of my work has been very generous. If you need some pewter work done, I can do it. You will not be disappointed.