Details for Copper alloy

This term should be used for any alloy which appears to include copper. If you know that the item is a particular alloy (e.g. bronze, brass, gunmetal, speculum) then you can put this in the Description field. Most of the time you will be able to identify the alloy only from the appearance, weight and type of object (e.g. leaded bronze for medieval and post-med cooking vessels, or brass for Byzantine buckets, or bronze for Bronze Age objects, bell-metal for bells, speculum for Roman mirrors, etc etc) and so the identification will not be certain. Therefore if you do certainly know the type of alloy because you have had a compositional analysis, then it is very important to say this. Use copper alloy for potin coins.

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British Museum URI: 10627

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Record: WAW-EF5322
Object type: BROOCH
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: Roman brooch of Colchester derivative, Pol…
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Record: WAW-EED4B5
Object type: PIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: Roman (1st to 4th centuries) copper alloy …
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Record: WAW-EE8DB6
Object type: BUCKLE
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
Description: Medieval (mid 14th to early 15th century) …
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Record: LON-D88C36
Object type: TOKEN
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: A complete English Post-Medieval copper-al…
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