Home to the only Internationally recognised Irish Pewter production.
Greatdown, The Downs, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, N91A7KP
Tel: 044 9348791 Website: www.mullingarpewter.com
Visit Mullingar Pewter, home to the only Internationally recognised Irish Pewter production.
The history of Irish Pewter dates back over 800 years, when early craftsmen produced the first domestic utensils such as tankards, plates and Candlesticks. In the 12th Century Pewter was considered a display of wealth, it could be found in the castle banqueting halls and homes of the clergy. It later became more commonly used and would be found in taverns and even lay cottages. In the 18th & 19th Century it saw a decline due to the more accessible pottery & glass.
The Ancient craft of pewter production has been revived in Ireland by Paddy Collins, in Mullingar, from 1974 onward. Paddy past the traditions to his son, Peter, who still runs the company today and a key employer in the Midlands.
Most of the pieces are still made in the traditional way in our own workshop by local craftsperson’s, specially trained in the old casting methods, meticulous assembly and delicate hand finishing. These skills take years to acquire. Today the team export worldwide and produce the highest quality handcrafted pewter which is proving very popular with international and national markets. One of Mullingar’s most recognisable exports, after Niall Horan, of course!
A visit to Mullingar Pewter is never a disappointment, we have the Pewter Gallery where we display some of our more popular pieces and have a audio display, enjoy a bit of shopping in the Mullingar Pewter Home & Gift Gallery which sells many other non pewter items such as jewelry, accessories, ornaments and furniture and finish off with a bite to eat in The Pewter Café. A self guided tour of the production workshop is available, though as it is a working environment it is recommended calling in advance for this.
Mullingar Pewter is open Mon – Sat 9.30am to 6pm, closed on Bank Holidays.