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Gorgeous cache pot or planter in pewter - part of my British Aunt's Heritage! These were kept in her garden so will probably look better after a good cleaning! It is about 70 - 75 years old. It sites on legs, has a fluted top and lion heads with rings - Rule Britannia!!

hallmarked BPMN

measurements:
Top: - 6 " in diameter
height: - 6"




Britannia metal or britannium is a pewter-type alloy favoured for its silvery appearance and smooth surface. The composition is approximately 93% tin, 5% antimony, and 2% copper.
It was first produced in 1769 or 1770, under the name of "Vickers White Metal", by the Sheffield manufacturers Ebenezer Hancock and Richard Jessop.
After the development of electroplating with silver in 1846, Britannia metal was widely used as the base metal for silver plated household goods and cutlery.The abbreviation EPBM on such items denotes "electroplated Britannia metal". Britannia metal was generally used as a cheaper alternative to electroplated nickel silver (EPNS) which is more durable.
Some authorities and collectors think this "white metal" sometimes formed a base for early experimentations in mercury and tin or latten metal plating in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
One notable use of britannium is to make the Oscar statuettes handed out each year at the Academy Awards. The 8½-pound statuettes are Britannia metal plated with gold.
Britannia metal should be distinguished from Britannia silver, a high-grade alloy of silver.
(thank you wikipedia)

Vintage English cache pot, planter in pewter -

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: pewter, silver
  • Ships worldwide from Arizona, United States
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