A good sized antique W.M.F. Brittania metal double, glass framed, photograph frame, 1900 circa.
Britannia metal is a pewter-type alloy favoured for its silvery appearance and smooth surface. The composition is approximately and typically 92% tin, 6% antimony, and 2% copper. Britannia is a specific type of pewter and is typically spun rather than cast. It was created by James Vickers in 1770. After the development of electroplating with silver in 1846, Britannia metal was widely used as the base metal for silver plated household goods and cutlery, and often bears the mark EPBM, "electroplated Britannia metal". Britannia metal was generally used as a cheaper alternative to electroplated nickel silver (EPNS) which is more durable. Just a fun footnote to this is the use of britannium to make the Oscar statuettes handed out each year at the Academy Awards. The statuettes are Britannia metal plated with gold!
Size : 28 cm. ( 11 1/32" ) tall, 25.5 cm. ( 10 3/64" ) wide.
Weight : 1,000 g. approx. ( 2 1/2 Pounds approx. ).
Condition : very good - all as original - can be polished more, especially to the rear, as one wishes.
WMF photograph frame, 1900c.