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: NLM-2512CC
Object type: AMPULLA
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
Description: Lead alloy probable ampulla fragment. Holl…
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Record: WMID-2403B3
Object type: TOKEN
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: A complete lead or lead alloy unifaced tok…
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Record: WMID-23C8BF
Object type: TOKEN
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: A complete lead or lead alloy unifaced tok…
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Record: WMID-23672E
Object type: TOKEN
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: A complete lead or lead alloy unifaced tok…
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