I know some of you are curious about the bowls pictured in this recent post, so I thought I’d share.

They are made by Wilton Armetale and they are part of the Plough pattern in matte finish. In the same pattern, we own dinner plates and salad plates too. (You can see the dinner plates here.) When we were engaged, instead of china, we registered for pewter instead. It’s not actually pewter, because pewter is made with lead and is not safe to eat from. The metal is called armetale and is basically the new safe pewter.

These dishes are one of the best decisions I have ever made. They age gracefully. They look great in the backyard during a BBQ and dress up nicely for dinner parties. They are sort of like the denim of dinnerware — they go with anything! In fact, I love mixing my pewter dinner plates with my china salad plates. A really beautiful combination. And best of all, the kids can’t break them. Really! So we feel free to use them as often as possible. Technically, they’re not supposed to go in the dishwasher, but we’ve been putting them in for 15 years with no harm.

The only downside? Being metal plates, they are not microwave safe. : )

If I’m honest, there is one other downside: Plough is the first pattern ever produced by Wilton Armetale back in the 1960’s, but sometime in the late nineties (after we were married), they discontinued the pattern! I was heartbroken. These days, if I want to add to my collection, I have to watch Ebay like a hawk. This week, I’ve been considering mixing in pieces from the scalloped Queen Anne pattern. It’s another one of my favorites, and it might be fun to have a mix of pewter styles. This topic is on my mind as I take inventory of my dishes for Thanksgiving dinner.

What about you? Do you think you would like to own pewter(ish) dishes? Do you think I should stick with my Plough pattern? Or would be it okay to mix in other pewter styles?

P.S. — Want to know about my flatware? I wrote about it this morning here.