Abyssinian gold

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1) A metal composed of a thin sheet of gold rolled on brass. Abyssinian gold is used in making costume jewelry. Also known as Talmi gold; it was originally called Tallois half-gold when it was invented in Paris about 1865.

2) A soft, yellowish bronze that contains 5-10% aluminum.

3) An early 20th century term for an alloy used in inexpensive jewelry. Its composition usually consisted of copper (91%) with zinc (9%) or copper (86%) with zinc (12%) and tin (1%).

Synonyms and Related Terms

1:Tallois half-gold; Talmi gold; counterfeit gold; Abessinisches Gold (Deut.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 218
  • The Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Francis Turner (ed.), Reinhold Publishing Corp., New York City, 3rd edition, 1942