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German silver,

name for various alloys of copper, zinc, and nickel, sometimes also containing lead and tin. They were originally named for their silver-white color, but use of the term silver is now prohibited for alloys not containing that metal. German silver varies in composition, the percentage of the three elements ranging approximately as follows: copper, from 50% to 61.6%; zinc, from 19% to 17.2%; nickel, from 30% to 21.1%. The proportions are always specified in commercial alloys. German silver is extensively used because of its hardness, toughness, and resistance to corrosion for articles such as tableware (commonly silver plated), marine fittings, and plumbing fixtures. Because of its high electrical resistance it is used also in heating coils. It was discovered (early 19th cent.) by a German industrial chemist, E. A. Geitner.

German silver

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A German silver table bell is expected to raise from pounds 180 to pounds 240, while three French fans are put at pounds 150 to pounds 250, and two marble-topped Chinese tables of 1900 between pounds 200 and pounds 300.
From Kugel came many of the cameos, enamels, jewels, agate chalices and crosses, ivory, mother-of-pearl, lapis lazuli and rock crystal pieces that filled the apartment's Schatzkammer and the bronzes and German silver and silver-gilt cups, nefs and animals that crowded every surface.
In the 19th century, scientists eventually found how tomake the alloy as a nickel silver alloy or "German silver" but this was rarely used tomake cast candlesticks or high-fashion objects.
The European alloy - which differs slightly in its composition from the Chinese original - was generally known as German silver - a misleading name as, of course, it had no silver in it.
This photo, likely taken in the late 1860s, was at the time when German silver became readily available on the Plains, such that both men are wearing what appear to be German silver arm bands.
These .50-caliber percussion pistols have 3 1/4-inch barrels, silver and German silver mountings, and integral ramrods.
EXPERT EYE Alastair Dickenson checks out a German silver model Gothic tourist novelty figure from 1901, left.
Left to right : three birds sing for their supper in the 20 th -century automation music box worth pounds 175-250 at auction : a very fine silver and polychrome enamel singing bird box of outstanding quality by Griesbaum of Germany with an asking price of pounds 11,750: a continental singing bird box in a bruguier style cashion - shaped case with fine gilt bronze decoration with an asking price of pounds 67 ( both are for sale through Dougles Fine Antiques, 75 portobello Road, London (tel 07860 680521,www.antique-clocks co uk)' A good late 19th - century Swiss gilt brass and enamel rectangular singing bird music box (far left) which sold in a recent auction for pounds 2,000' (left ) a good early 20 th century German silver gilt - cased rectangular singing bird box, sold for pounds 1.700
German silver work is a decoration that has been popular with Straight dancers for decades, however its recent popularity has waned as dancers seem to have chosen bead work over silver work.
Unlike most of these rifles, this one features German silver inlays in the receiver and ivory and bone inlays in the stock It does, however, possess the qualities of a typical Schtitzen rifle, with its "free rifle" stock designed for off-hand target shooting, along with a hooked buttplate and pistol grip.
Of the six Iowa men in their group photo (not shown), five wear a German silver disc as a tie slide, and three have a fingerwoven head sash.
The stocks are of nicely checkered maple, and details-barrel key escutcheons and fore-end caps-are of German silver. For more information about future auctions, contact Little John's Auction Service, 714/939-1170, www.little-johnsauctionservice.com.

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