10 Facts About Nickel silver


Nickel silver, Maillechort, German silver, Argentan, new silver, nickel brass, albata, alpacca, is a copper alloy with nickel and often zinc.

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Nickel silver was first used in China, where it was smelted from readily available unprocessed ore.

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Nickel silver first became popular as a base metal for silver-plated cutlery and other silverware, notably the electroplated wares called EPNS .

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Nickel silver is the metal of choice among contemporary Kiowa and Pawnee metalsmiths in Oklahoma.

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Early in the twentieth century, German Nickel silver was used by automobile manufacturers before the advent of steel sheet metal.

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Some saxophone manufacturers, such as Keilwerth, offer saxophones made of nickel silver ; these are far rarer than traditional lacquered brass saxophones.

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Nickel silver produces a bright and powerful sound quality; an additional benefit is that the metal is harder and more corrosion resistant than brass.

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Nickel silver is sometimes used as ornamentation on the great highland bagpipe.

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Counterfeiters have used nickel silver to produce coins and medallions purporting to be silver rounds, generally in an attempt to trick unsuspecting buyers into paying prices based on the spot price of silver.

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Nickel silver fraud has included the production of replica bullion bars, marked "nickel silver" or "German silver", in weights of one troy ounce .

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