In 1883 Lewis Edson WATERMAN transformed
the history of handwriting. Excellence is sometimes born
out of a mishap, and good luck from misfortune. Lewis Edson WATERMAN,
then an insurance broker, lost one of his important contracts because of
an unreliable fountain pen with an
uncertain ink flow. Swearing that this would not happen again, he
created the Regular, a fountain pen that would become the forefather of
modern fountain pen. A portable, reliable fountain pen, equipped with
capillary ducts ensuring the simultaneous ,rise of air and descending
flow of ink.
The experience of writing with a fountain pen, until that time a risky
was transformed overnight, gaining in confidence, comfort, speed and
Today, more than 100 years later, with over a billion
writing instruments, nibs
and cartridges to its name, WATERMAN remain faithful to
their tradition of innovation and continue to transform the history of
The Bounty Tankard
A Special Item Exclusive to the
House of Prouds Gallery
Pinder Bros. was established over 100 years ago in 1877, originally manufacturing
silver plated hollowware which, over the years, developed into cutlery manufacturing and, more recently,
pewter ware manufacturing.
Pewter has come to the fore in the last 25 years due to an increased understanding of the metal by the general public and the fact that it tarnishes very much more slowly than
silver plate. When correctly treasured, pewter ware will last even in general use, for a lifetime.
Price also plays a very important part in gift and presentation choice and currently the price of Tin and the competitive manufacturing costs in Sheffield, make pewter particularly attractive on price point for high perceived value. To some extent pewter is being re-discovered as Sheffield has been famous for
pewter ware manufacture for over 500 years. Before the use of stainless steel and
silver plate, pewter was one of the most common materials for the manufacture of many "everyday" quality table articles.