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A thin, protective layer of tin applied to iron or steel by electroplating or by dipping. Tinplate was used in the 18th and 19th centuries for tin shingles. It is sometimes mistaken for terneplate, which has a tin-lead alloy coating.

Synonyms and Related Terms

tin plate; Zinnplattierung (Deut.); chapa de estanho (Port.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, Painting Materials, A Short Encyclopaedia, Dover Publications, New York, 1966
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 810
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996