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Sterling Silver Glossary: Trifle Pewter

Trifle Pewter: Sixty percent tin and 40 percent lead. Of a darker color and softer than better grades of pewter, it was short lived. The alloy was altered to 83 parts tine and 17 parts antimony and was made into spoons, saltshakers, buttons and similar articles which could not be finished on a lathe. Workers in this alloy were called "triflers."

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