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: SOM-EA5762
Object type: SPOON
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: Post medieval pewter (lead-tin alloy)…
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Record: SOM-E9751B
Object type: SPOON
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: Post medieval pewter (lead-tin alloy)…
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Record: YORYM-02CB15
Object type: BELL
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: A complete tin or tin-alloy spherical bell…
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Record: SUR-AC8F3B
Object type: BUTTON
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: A cast lead or tin alloy button with a con…
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