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Sterling Silver Glossary: Argentine

Argentine: An alloy of tin and antimony used as a base for plating; nickel silver; German silver; also "British plate"; known in China as Paktong. Bradbury says, "Credit (is) due to W. Hutton & Sons of Sheffield for being the first firm to manufacture spoons and forks from the newly-invented metal called Argentine, in the year 1833.

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