with hunting motives A typical example for
todays Tin Culture
From the Middle Ages to the Biedermeier period,
it was TIN that governed table settings and
livingroom decor in the well-to-do citizenís home.
Silver and porcelaine were the privilage of the
nobility, and at the other end of the social scale the
craftsmen or farmer was content with wood
utensils and earthware vessels.
Soft, pleasent to the touch, odourless and
totally non-toxic, TIN was an ideal material in the
kitchen and on the dining table.
We have already implied that TIN was doomed to
disappear, the reasons being its relatively high
price, the complex production process compared
with increasingly low-priced china, glass and iron-
and the increasing tendency to produce
articles from these three alternative materials on
an industrial scale. It was precisely the temptation
to make TIN cheaper by adding lead, or by using as
little of the metal as possible, that destroyed its