When it comes to pewter, a touchmark (also known as a trademark) is left on each piece to identify the artisan, the quality of the work and the location of the shop. The touchmark is usually the name or initials of the artisan or a company symbol. When shopping for pewter, one should always look for the artisan or company’s touchmark. It is one of the easiest ways to tell if a piece is truly marked as pewter or is instead some other white alloy metal.
Tennessee Pewter uses a company touchmark that is noted as the shape of the state of Tennessee with the Tennessee Pewter name inside.