Cornwall is justly proud of its ancient tin industry that began nearly 4,000 years ago during the Bronze Age. Tin was mined by our Celtic ancestors and exported to Europe and the Middle East where it was used in making weapons and tools. Nowhere in the world was tin mining so engrained into the local culture as Cornwall and especially so during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Our tin products not only represent an important part of our Cornish history, they also contain a percentage of Cornish tin that was recovered from the seabed after 150 years! The SS Liverpool sank off Anglesey in 1863 carrying a cargo of tin ingots which were smelted at Chyandour, Penzance. These ingots were dated 1862 and stamped with the lamb and flag mark that was commonly used in those days as a symbol of purity. One hundred and thirty eight years later the first cargo of Cornish tin ingots was raised off the seabed from the wreck. We blend a minimum of 10% Cornish tin from the SS Liverpool with other shipwreck and new tin to make the items in the Cornish Tin Collection. Traditionally tin is given as a gift for a 10th wedding anniversary.