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: NLM-39519D
Object type: TOY
Broadperiod: MODERN
Description: White metal toy. Discoid round shield deta…
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Record: NLM-394613
Object type: TOY
Broadperiod: MODERN
Description: White metal toy. Toy road sign, modelled i…
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Record: NLM-77D7D8
Object type: THIMBLE
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: White metal thimble. A lightweight alloy m…
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Record: NLM-61DB9B
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: UNKNOWN
Description: White metal possible coin. A flat flan bea…
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