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.
The Pairpoint Corporation employed more than 300 persons in 1906 making a variety of blown and molded glasswares and silver plated Britannia metal wares from pragmatic to ornamental presentation pieces including tea sets, prize cups, flatware and other cut glass articles.
This is the Britannia Metal which was widely electro-plated and used for items such as tea services in the 19th century.