About this Piece
Emblazoned with a stylised Celtic eagle and icovellavna design, this pewter goblet (8 oz, 5 1/4" tall) celebrates John the Evangelist (meaning 'writer of a gospel'), the mysterious author of the Gospel of John (who may have also written the Book of Revelation, according to some scholars) and who is traditionally symbolised as an eagle. Scholars suggest he could either have been John the Apostle, John the Presbyter, or even John of Patmos.
About the Maker
In 1974, Paddy Collins revived the ancient craft of pewter manufacturing in Ireland, establishing his workshop in Mullingar, County Westmeath. Pewter has existed since ancient Egyptian and Roman times (as an alloy of tin mixed mainly with copper and antimony), and came to Ireland 800 years ago, becoming fashionable among the wealthy and for ceremonial purposes. Mullingar Pewter combines traditional handcrafted techniques that take many years to perfect, along with modern advances (modern pewter no longer contains lead, for instance), producing wonderful heritage gifts.