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: SOM-8C2892
Object type: BUCKLE
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: A copper-alloy fragment, probably from a P…
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Record: PUBLIC-7839D1
Object type: JETTON
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
Description: A complete copper alloy Jetton of Late Med…
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Record: WAW-51D3D2
Object type: BROOCH
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: Roman (mid 1st to 2nd century) brooch: The…
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Record: WAW-519665
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: Roman coin:copper-alloy nummus of the Hous…
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