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: IOW-23D49C
Object type: MOUNT
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: An incomplete post-Medieval copper-alloy m…
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Record: WAW-1FC022
Object type: EWER
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
Description: Medieval (14th to 15th century) vessel leg…
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Record: OXON-1E2574
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A very worn copper alloy Roman dupondius o…
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Record: IOW-1DB849
Object type: BRACELET
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A fragment of Roman copper-alloy ribbon st…
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