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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British Museum URI: 11967

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Record: DYFED-7A2BD7
Object type: MEDAL
Broadperiod: MODERN
Description: Object is complete aluminium Calendar meda…
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Record: NLM-EACB65
Object type: LID
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: White metal lid. A hollow thin-walled cyl…
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Record: HAMP-85D55D
Object type: WEIGHT
Broadperiod: UNKNOWN
Description: A square of white metal, possibly silver, …
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Record: NLM-8ACAD9
Object type: METAL WORKING DEBRIS
Broadperiod: MODERN
Description: White metal metalworking debris. Two smal…
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