britannia metal


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britannia metal,

silvery-white alloyalloy
[O. Fr.,=combine], substance with metallic properties that consists of a metal fused with one or more metals or nonmetals. Alloys may be a homogeneous solid solution, a heterogeneous mixture of tiny crystals, a true chemical compound, or a mixture of these.
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 of tin with antimony, copper, and sometimes bismuth and zinc. It is very similar in appearance to pewter, but is harder. It is used widely for the manufacture of tableware.

britannia metal

[bri′tan·yə ‚med·əl]
(metallurgy)
A silver-white tin alloy, similar to pewter, containing about 7% antimony, 2% copper, and often some zinc and bismuth; used in domestic utensils.

Britannia metal

an alloy of low melting point consisting of tin with 5--10 per cent antimony, 1--3 per cent copper, and sometimes small quantities of zinc, lead, or bismuth: used for decorative purposes and for bearings
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Once the mold was cured and processed, it was used to produce spin-cast Britannia metal parts.
Similarly, the advent of steam power and other mechanical advances in factories and the appearance of new alloys like Britannia metal (tin, antimony and copper) and so-called nickel silver (really nickel brass) added to the success of mass-production.