Details for White metal

Use this term where the metal is grey or silvery in colour, but where you strongly suspect that the item is not silver. This term will be most often used for an additional material (a coating), or a nasty modern alloy.

For Britannia metal, use 'tin alloy'.

Silver alloyed with copper can look very like copper-alloy with a white-metal coating, so consider this possibility; an early Treasure Act item that appeared to be entirely copper-alloy with a greyish coating was analysed and found to be 70% silver.

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Linked data

British Museum URI: 11967

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Record: WMID-8B4836
Object type: PENDANT
Broadperiod: MODERN
Description: A complete white metal coated hockey mask …
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Record: FAKL-BD74B5
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: Unidentified, white-metal object consistin…
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Record: NLM-BFC972
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broadperiod: MODERN
Description: White metal unidentified object fragment. …
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Record: IOW-B52224
Object type: TALLY
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: An incomplete post-Medieval ?white metal t…
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