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« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2005, 10:17:20 PM »
It also sticks to a magnet though I haven't got any pewter to see if a magnet sticks to that.  :)

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« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2005, 10:45:19 PM »
When I first saw this, I thought it was EPNS that had been loved (read 'cleaned') too much, so you were looking mainly at the base metal.

Would the base metal become shiny when polished?   :?  :?:

Edit:  Suddenly thought this would have suited chrome plated more than EPNS??
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« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2005, 11:39:30 PM »
Hurray for Google...

Pewter doesn't rust, so it's pretty safe to say that it's not that. Nor does nickel in EPNS.

Chromed or (non-silver) plated steel doesn't seem to have red rust - I have a late Victorian silver-handled stationary set that I had a quick rummage for, and the steel instrument parts of the set have a black oxide instead, and with only a slight texture. Nor does the steel shine when polished (although the remaining plating does).

So it would seem that the base metal is another iron-based alloy (possibly chromium).

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« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2005, 08:27:30 AM »
I've tried to clean it up but to no effect. it's definetly not silver plated because I used bleach and that would have turned it black.

I have one of them Kosy Kraft style teapots and the metal is just like that. The metal on the teapot is marked: Celtic, "Quality" plate.

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« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2005, 01:08:35 AM »
Tigerchips, try Autosol - I used it to clean all my metalware (not just chrome) - test it on a bit out of sight first of course!  Autosol is available from most supermarkets and car accessories' shops. :)

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« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2005, 06:01:46 PM »
Great I'll try that, thanks.  :D

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« Reply #16 on: December 10, 2005, 01:46:18 AM »
Brittania metal is a tin alloy but it is not pewter.

Have you tried a magnet, which will eliminate ferric metals?

Aluminium was also very popular from late 19th to 1920's following the casting of Eros. It can suffer some weird tarnishing because a lot was not very pure.
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« Reply #17 on: December 10, 2005, 09:17:46 AM »
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EPBM

A magnet sticks to it like super glue.

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