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An alloy of varying constituents, of which the principal one is tin. It is silver-white and can be shaped by hammering, casting or spinning on a mould. It has been used mainly for domestic tableware, but also formerly for some mediocre articles of jewelry, including some shoe buckles and a few pieces of Anglo-Saxon jewelry such as brooches.
From: An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, autor: Harold Newman, publishers: Thames and Hudson