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-5B94A6
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: White metal unidentified object. An indent…
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Record: DUR-332D7D
Object type: FINGER RING
Broadperiod: MODERN
Description: A complete metal modern finger-ring with m…
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Record: NMS-A20420
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: Fragment of white-metal (probably pew…
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Record: SWYOR-ECC05D
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: A tin post-Medieval farthing probably …
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