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IN PORTRAIT

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Otto Appel, Chief editor

Pewter began to be processed in the more significant towns in Europe around the year 1200. The Röders family in Soltau set up their pewter foundry some 200 years ago to supply the surrounding area with plates, crockery, cutlery and cask taps. What was the situation in Europe at this time? It was the time of Napoleon, who fought against the coalition armies of Russia, Prussia, Austria and Sweden in the Battle of Leipzig in October 1813. This was the most significant battle in the German Campaign of 1813 against the Napoleonic occupation, and with up to 600,000 soldiers engaged from over a dozen countries, it was probably the largest battle in world history until the beginning of the 20th Century.