Danforth Pewter's Workshop & Store in Middlebury is built on a 250-year family heritage that began when Thomas Danforth II opened his pewter workshop in colonial Connecticut in 1755. Generations of Danforths followed him into the pewter trade, and there is colonial Danforth pewter in the Smithsonian, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Colonial Williamsburg and many other American museums. There is also a collection of colonial Danforth Pewter on display in our store here in Middlebury!
The husband-and-wife team of Fred and Judi Danforth revived the family tradition, which had lain dormant for a hundred years, when they founded Danforth Pewter in Vermont in 1975. Since then, we have been handcrafting 100% lead-free fine pewter jewelry and accessories, kitchenware, serveware, and home décor.
Oil lamps are one of our signature items. Each lamp is spun by hand on an antique lathe, then fitted with a nickel-plated bronze burner from France. Not only are they gorgeous, they provide beautiful illumination for a dining room table or a mantel. They're also great in a power outage - no batteries to worry about. Our large lamps burn over 60 hours on a single tank of paraffin oil, and they are odorless and smokeless.
We also spin plates, cups, vases, candlestick bases, pitchers, salt and pepper mills, bowls, goblets, beakers, mugs, and wine coasters on our antique lathes.
The other way we work with the metal is by casting molten pewter into molds. First, Judi Danforth sculpts a model out of jeweler's wax. Then we use that to make a master mold. We cast molten pewter into the mold to make master models, and we use those to make a production mold.
We cast jewelry, holiday ornaments, serveware handles, pocket stones, buttons, charms, desk accessories, magnets and candle snuffers, among other things. Once they come out of the mold, they are meticulously finished, first by hand and then through a series of treatments and polishings that give the pewter its characteristic finish.
All the color is an enamel epoxy which our artisans apply by hand after a piece is finished.
Danforth operates four of its own retail stores, all in Vermont. In addition the Workshop & Store in Middlebury, we have stores in the Quechee Gorge Village in Quechee, on Church Street in Burlington, and in the Cabot Annex on Rt. 100 in Waterbury just north of the Ben & Jerry's factory. We also have an online store at www.danforthpewter.com. Several hundred select gift and jewelry shops across the country also carry Danforth.
Over the years we have been privileged to create pewter versions of some of America's best-loved children's characters. Danforth Pewter was the exclusive licensee for Disney for Winnie-the-Pooh, and we also translated Curious George and Peter Rabbit into pewter. We'd be delighted to talk with you about custom or private-label projects.
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