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A sheet of a brass alloy containing tin and sometimes lead. Latten was used from the Middle Ages to the 19th century for inexpensive utensils and bowls as well as for decorative metalwork. Other terms include: white latten (tin-plated iron), black latten (thin sheets of brass), and gold latten (brass foil).

Synonyms and Related Terms

pewter; white latten; black latten; gold latten; Latten (Deut.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • David C. Scott, Metallography and Microstructure of Ancient and Historic Metals, The Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, 1991
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 595
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998