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pewter




A class of silver-colored, soft alloys consisting chiefly of tin, now hardened with copper and antimony, and usually containing lead. Roman pewter was high in lead and darkened with age. Pewter has been used for bowls, drinking vessels, and candlesticks.

The most common form has about four parts of tin to one of lead, combined with small amounts of antimony and copper. Some food and drink can become contaminated with poisonous lead from pewter utensils, so other alloys have replaced pewter for such items.


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