It's a Buckle, but what metal?

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I think I may have mistakenly classed this as a Pewter Buckle, but I've just had a comment on a video, which shows this find and it may well be copper alloy? It's certainly not silver which is a shame. :thumbdown:

I found some other buckles in the same field, but they are without doubt copper alloy, they have a green patina. I guess this one is a different alloy mix?
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My monies on Copper -Alloy. :thumbsup:
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Copper-alloy. :thumbsup:
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This was a popular design over here in France as well. i get pretty much identical ones. A popular alloy at the time was Bell Metal. (Copper and Tin) and it gives a nice almost silky feel to items...be they buckles or coins (we get Louis 16th 2 sol coins in this composition alongside the same coins made in bronze. )
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Tinned copper alloy. :thumbsup:

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Thanks everyone. Littleboot, spot on, it does indeed feel very smooth. :thumbsup:
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Isn't bronze an alloy of copper and tin?
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Pete E wrote: Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:04 pm Isn't bronze an alloy of copper and tin?
Yes it is. For some reason I know not why,they are not often referred to as Bronze in metal detecting circles but "Copper Alloy." :shock:
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Pete E wrote: Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:04 pm Isn't bronze an alloy of copper and tin?
Just reading up on bell metal and it is a form of bronze with a higher tin content...Interestingly sometimes silver was added also..
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Bors wrote: Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:12 pm Yes it is. For some reason I know not why,they are not often referred to as Bronze in metal detecting circles but "Copper Alloy." :shock:
Just reading about it now... :thumbsup:
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Littleboot wrote: Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:32 pm This was a popular design over here in France as well. i get pretty much identical ones. A popular alloy at the time was Bell Metal. (Copper and Tin) and it gives a nice almost silky feel to items...be they buckles or coins (we get Louis 16th 2 sol coins in this composition alongside the same coins made in bronze. )
You were spot on. :thumbsup: I've just had a reply on Twitter from Dr Simon Maslin, he's the FLO for Surrey and Hampshire.
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