Having recently moved my Mother, I am finding treasure in every corner from silver to duck calls. These silver boxes I bought in India have always been dear to me however; however I never truly appreciated the sterling silver flatware until I started using it.  The tray I found in my Mother’s closet and it is aluminum and I thought it was pewter. Then I realized I clearly do not know my metals. Here is what I learned:

Pewter is a metal alloy (mixture of metals) made mostly of tin. Aluminum is the most plentiful element in the earth’s crust and resists corrosion. Sterling silver is an alloy of silver (92.5%) and other metals but mostly copper.