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: BERK-C3A2DC
Object type: BROOCH
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
Description: An incomplete cast copper alloy annular br…
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Record: IOW-C238D3
Object type: HARNESS PENDANT
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
Description: An incomplete Medieval copper-alloy shield…
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Record: WMID-C11D41
Object type: VESSEL
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
Description: An incomplete body fragment from a copper …
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Record: NLM-C0D123
Object type: MOUNT
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: Copper alloy mount. Cast plate of lightly …
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