Wilhelm Schweizer Pewter

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Wilhelm Schweizer Pewter

The Wilhelm Schweizer Tradition

Wilhelm Schweizer Pewter has a history that goes back to 1796.  And since then the rich tradition of creating pewter pieces has been kept alive by the family of Wilhelm Schweizer.  Even today, the Wilhelm Schweizer family bases their designs on originals often hundreds of years old.  Each piece is truly a handmade item, as every one is cast individually from molds carefully engraved in slabs of slate.  Each mold’s “life” is limited to about one thousand castings after which a new mold has to be carved to ensure the quality and richness of even the tiniest detail.  The accuracy and intricacy of the finished pieces are testimony to the pewter caster’s and hand painter’s art and skill.

 

The Wilhelm Schweizer Collection

The Wilhelm Schweizer Pewter collection includes a broad range of themes, from Christmas Ornaments and Easter decorations, to standing Folklore, Santa and Angel figures and pictures to hang on walls and windows.  All designed with the same loving care and respect for the heritage and tradition of Wilhelm Schweizer.

Each year, carefully selected individual pieces are added to the Wilhelm Schweizer Pewter collection.  And although this site shows painted pieces, many of the same pieces are available unpainted.  (Contact us if you would like more information about the price and availability of unpainted pieces.)

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Creation of a Wilhelm Schweizer Pewter Collectible

 

Mold Creation of an Original Wilhelm Schweizer Pewter Collectible: 

Engraving a Wilhelm Schweizer Pewter Mold

Hand Engraving the Image in Slate

As in the past, hand engraved pieces of slate are used for the molds of the pewter figurine.  After drawing the image, the engraver applies their artistry to the stone until the desired shape for the piece is created.  Two molds must be created to provide a mirror image which will complete the front and back of each figure.

 

 

 

 

 

Casting of a Wilhelm Schweizer Pewter Collectible:  

Pouring Molten Metal into the Mold of a Wilhelm Schweizer Pewter Piece

Pouring the Liquid Pewter into the Mold

First molten pewter is poured into the feeding tubes of the completed mold.  Since the molten pewter cools and hardens very quickly, a challenge of the design is to ensure the molten metal fills the mold completely before the pewter sets. In order to ensure the highest level of detail and subtlety in the figure being created, a tin alloy from a centuries-old recipe is used.

 

 

 

 

Removing the Casting of a New Wilhelm Schweizer Pewter Collectible: 

Opening the Mold Revealing the Casting oa a Wilhelm Schweizer Pewter Piece

Removing the Casting from the Mold

Once the molten pewter has set, the mold is opened almost immediately.  Now the new casting is removed from the mold and carefully trimmed and prepared for the artist to paint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painting of a Wilhelm Schweizer Pewter Collectible:

The Completed Wilhelm Schweizer Pewter Casting is Hand Painted

Hand Painting the Finished Casting

 

Each mold is carefully painted by one of several talented artists. Enamel paint is applied with special Rotmarderhaar (Red Martin Hair) brushes.  These brushes, along with the skill of the artist, allow for the extremely fine detail that all Wilhelm Schweizer pieces are known for.  Since each piece is hand painted by an individual artist, the colors from piece to piece may vary, thus making each piece unique.  Any small imperfections that you might notice are a sign of their handcrafted workmanship.

 

 

 

 

Note:  Each year, carefully selected individual pieces are added to the Wilhelm Schweizer Christmas Collection.  And although this site shows painted pieces, many of the same pieces are available unpainted.  (Contact us if you would like more information about the price and availability of unpainted pieces.)

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