Details for Tin or tin alloy

In theory, use for tin, or for alloys where you suspect that the major ingredient is tin. In practice, tin as a primary material is pretty much impossible to tell from lead, and as a coating is not possible to tell from silver (use ‘white metal’ in these circumstances). Relatively pure tin with a little hardening alloy added (e.g. post-medieval pewter or Britannia metal) tends to crystallise in the soil and form delaminating layers or cuboidal blocks, so you can safely use ‘tin or tin alloy’ for these, with the words ‘pewter’ or ‘Britannia metal’ in the Description field if desired. Use ‘tin or tin alloy’ for certain 17th-century coins which are known to be made from tin, although these will generally be too late to be worth recording.

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British Museum URI: 11849

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Record: OXON-2ECE4D
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: A worn Post-Medieval tin farthing with cop…
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Record: LIN-068594
Object type: PENDANT
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: A pewter spoon, dating to the post-medieva…
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Record: IOW-205FA1
Object type: BUCKLE
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: An incomplete post-Medieval tin alloy (pew…
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Record: NLM-F3FC63
Object type: BUTTON
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
Description: Lead or tin alloy and copper alloy button.…
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