Details for Lead Alloy

This material should be used if the object looks leady, but is rather too light. Many lead alloys are alloyed with tin, but in most cases (because lead is cheap!) the lead content will be higher than the tin. The experience of the Museum of London is that it is pretty much impossible to tell when a lead/tin alloy is mostly lead, or mostly tin, apart from the weight. There seems also to be little significance in which alloy is chosen. Ancient 'pewter' is also a lead/tin alloy; the word 'pewter' can be used in the Description field.

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British Museum URI: 11095

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Record: WREX-8AAD96
Object type: BUTTON
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: Possible post-medieval lead alloy button. …
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Record: IOW-77AB82
Object type: TOKEN
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: A complete post-Medieval lead or lead allo…
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Record: YORYM-760C58
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
Description: A complete lead-alloy spindle whorl of med…
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Record: IOW-73D826
Object type: TOKEN
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: An incomplete post-Medieval lead or lead a…
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