PEWTER SWAGMAN SMALL
The swagman was once a common sight on rural Australian highways and roads, mainly towards the end of the 1800’s and later during the economic depression of the 1930’s. the swagman got his name from the ‘swag’ or bundle of blankets and possessions he carried while tramping country roads, usually in search of employment. swagmen usually came from the ranks of shearer, farmhands, fencers, scrub-cutters, and occasionally white-collar workers. for the most part, swagman travelled alone or occasionally with one ‘mate’ or a dog. In general, swagmen were honest and willing to work, usually in return for food supplies. among swagmen there were many ‘characters’ around whom Australian folklore has grown up.
Since earlier times, craftsmen have been extracting a small amount of a shiny precious metal (Tin) from a mass of rock, and then using that metal to manufacture articles to decorate their homes.
Tin is the fourth most valuable metal in general use, after Platinum, Gold and Silver, and has been used to manufacture Pewter since those early times.
Modern Pewter is an alloy that contains 92% Tin, 6% Antimony and 2% Copper. The Antimony is used to harden the alloy, and the Copper is used to improve its workability.
To maintain the finish of your Pewter articles, wash in hot water using liquid soap and rinse in almost boiling water. Immediately dry and polish with a soft cloth.
Proudly crafted in Australia by Aradon Pty Ltd. using Australian Tin.
*velvet pouch colours vary / attached story card contains above information