Britannia-metal



a white alloy of tin, antimony, and copper in varying proportions, sometimes with small amounts of zinc, lead, and bismuth, used for tableware and as an antifriction material.
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The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various

noun
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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