14 Facts About Bronze


The Bronze Age was followed by the Iron Age starting from about 1300 BCE and reaching most of Eurasia by about 500 BCE, although bronze continued to be much more widely used than it is in modern times.

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Bronze was still used during the Iron Age, and has continued in use for many purposes to the modern day.

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Bronze is a better conductor of heat and electricity than most steels.

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Bronze was especially suitable for use in boat and ship fittings prior to the wide employment of stainless steel owing to its combination of toughness and resistance to salt water corrosion.

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Bronze is still commonly used in ship propellers and submerged bearings.

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Bronze parts are tough and typically used for bearings, clips, electrical connectors and springs.

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Bronze has low friction against dissimilar metals, making it important for cannons prior to modern tolerancing, where iron cannonballs would otherwise stick in the barrel.

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Bronze is used to make bronze wool for woodworking applications where steel wool would discolor oak.

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Bronze statues were regarded as the highest form of sculpture in Ancient Greek art, though survivals are few, as bronze was a valuable material in short supply in the Late Antique and medieval periods.

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Bronze continues into modern times as one of the materials of choice for monumental statuary.

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Bronze was used for this purpose in many parts of the world, probably based on independent discoveries.

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Bronze is used for the windings of steel and nylon strings of various stringed instruments such as the double bass, piano, harpsichord, and guitar.

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Bronze strings are commonly reserved on pianoforte for the lower pitch tones, as they possess a superior sustain quality to that of high-tensile steel.

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Bronze has been used in coins; most "copper" coins are actually bronze, with about 4 percent tin and 1 percent zinc.

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