One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An alloy of copper and zinc used in imitation of gold leaf.
- ‘It would often have been Dutch metal, an alloy of copper and zinc in proportions of about 80: 20.’
- ‘The silver Dutch metal has the advantage over real silver in that it doesn't tarnish.’
- ‘Students will learn the history of gilding, an introduction to products, how to prepare difference surfaces ready for gilding, practical application of gold, silver, Dutch metal, aluminium and copper leaf, as well as learning how to seal and create antique patinations.’
- ‘An example from Spain, from the 1850's, showed a painted black pattern leaving clear areas for Dutch metal.’
Dutch metal/ˈdəCH ˌmedl/
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