52 for 150: What’s So Special About Your Library’s Chinese Pewter Collection?

For week 33 of our Kansas sesquicentennial video series we’re featuring our Chinese pewter collection.

Pewter is a metal alloy consisting primarily of tin and small amounts of other metals like lead and copper, although today, most pewter is manufactured lead-free. “The history of tin goes back to the Sumerians who produced bronze (a copper-tin alloy) nearly 4500 years ago. The oldest known pewter is about 3500 years old and comes from Egypt. Pewter from China dates back at least 2000 years.” [1]



About 52 for 150

Every object has a story, and stories build history. To celebrate 150 years of Kansas statehood we’re featuring 52 objects (or collections of related objects)—something new each week throughout the year—from the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library’s 130-year-old special, and permanent collections, that represent our collective state history and cultural diversity.

Our collections are available for teachers, students, researchers and general interest, and we hope this online video program will provide insight into what’s so “special” about Special Collections. Your library’s commitment to collecting art and preserving local history makes it possible for users today and in the future to have immediate access to invaluable research material and cultural artifacts.

To make an appointment to see our Chinese pewter collection, or get help finding books and videos related to this topic, call or stop by the Sabatini Gallery (785-580-4515). We’re located on your right just beyond the Library rotunda entrance.

[1] http://www.pewterbydesign.com/history.htm

Heather Kearns

I've been the Sabatini Gallery's associate curator since 2004 and social media coordinator since 2008. My passion is helping people “get“ art, and by that I mean creating an environment both in-house and online which fosters a greater understanding, confidence, and sense of enjoyment from the art experience. Art should be easy to access and available to everyone. I take helping people very seriously.