Britannia metal


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britannia metal

n.
A white alloy of tin with copper, antimony, and sometimes bismuth and zinc that resembles pewter and is used in utensils and tableware.

Britannia metal

n
(Metallurgy) 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

Britan′nia met`al

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n.
a white alloy of tin, antimony, and copper, sometimes with small amounts of zinc, lead, and bismuth, used for tableware and as an antifriction material.
[1810–20]
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Noun1.Britannia metal - an alloy similar to pewter
alloy, metal - a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten; "brass is an alloy of zinc and copper"
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'Pleasantry, sir!' exclaimed Pott, with a motion of the hand, indicative of a strong desire to hurl the Britannia metal teapot at the head of the visitor.
The last fair broke records for her and she is bringing fresh examples to include a half pint Glasgow lidded measure, a fine set of "bucket" mugs and a Britannia metal tea caddy by Richard Sturges c.1855.
Most of the coffin hardware was made from brass, iron, Britannia metal, and white metal, she says, and the finishes included silver plating, bronzing, polishing, and lacquering.