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Vintage Hand Forged Pewter Pitcher KHN Banka Tin Werk Hammered Metal Vessel Exotic Arts and Crafts Style Vase

South of the South China Sea, east of Sumatra, lies Bangka Island, the putative setting of Conrad’s sweaty and tragic 1900 tale, Lord Jim. Briefly a British possession, the island was ceded in 1814 to the Dutch, who had control until Japanese occupation in World War II. Bangka, or Banka Island (“tin island”) is rich in rubber, white pepper, and tin ore, and is dotted with countless tin-mining and smelting operations, which have given the island an international reputation as a tin capital. The abundance of tin also spawned an important peripheral local industry, the production of hand-crafted pewter wares.

This item is a vintage small hand-forged pewter pitcher with a conical neck and spout, a lenticular body or tank section, and a flat bar handle shaped like a “7.” Stamped on the bottom is a mark resembling a sort of three-dimensional depiction of a sphere formed by the letters “KHN,” on a square base with the words “BANKA TIN WERK,” and with a hatched circular base under all. Research for this listing could find no specifics on this particular mark, but the absence of “Indonesia” in the mark could indicate a pre-World War II date. The surface decoration of the pitcher consists of chased lines and bands with areas of linear hammering.

The pitcher stands a little under 5 inches (126 mm) tall; the lower tank section measures 4-1/4 inches (107 mm) in diameter.

The piece has not been cleaned or polished. This pitcher should not be used for potable liquids or foods.

Condition is good vintage, with the expected scratches and dull surface patina, but with one more severe spot of damage about the size of a quarter. Much like Lord Jim at the end of the novel, this pitcher was struck in the chest (actually on the upper tank section; probably not by a bullet, though). In the case of the pitcher, the event has left a half-inch linear dent inside a larger dimple, and unlike poor Jim, the pitcher survived, with only a mysterious scar to show. The vessel is still a nice example of beautifully rustic hand-hammered pewter ware from exotic Banka, and would make a very respectable display piece or flower vase. It is a nice little curio that would be equally at home on the mantle in an Arts and Crafts décor environment or on a shelf in your Tiki bar. You could even make up a good Conrad-like story about the dent.

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Vintage Hand Forged Pewter Pitcher KHN Banka Tin Werk Hammered Metal Vessel Exotic Arts and Crafts Style Vase


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  • Vintage item
  • Materials: pewter, Hand Forged Pewter Pitcher, KHN Banka Tin Werk, Hammered Metal Vessel
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