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Spelter
Spelter

Spelter is a synonym for a zinc alloy. Figurines, candlesticks, and other pieces were made of spelter and given a bronze or painted finish. Early twentieth-century Art Nouveau and Art Deco figures and lamps were often made of spelter. The metal has been used since about the 1860s to make statues, tablewares, and lamps that resemble bronze. Spelter is soft and breaks easily. To test for spelter, scratch the base of the piece. Bronze is solid; spelter will show a silvery scratch.


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 SpelterFigurineDon Juan, 17th Century Dress, Sword, Patinated Base, 21 1/2 In.1995Login / Create Account for Price
 SpelterFigurineNude Woman, Standing On Sphere, Gold Paint, 23 In.1995Login / Create Account for Price
 SpelterFrameMirror, Mask Of Lady At Base, Floral Crest, Easel Back, C.1910, 11 X 8 In.1995Login / Create Account for Price
 SpelterLampArt Nouveau, Young Woman, Raised Arms, Jeweled Metal Shade, 33 In.1995Login / Create Account for Price
 SpelterLampBase, Gargoyle Relief, Mushroom Style Globe, Green Glass, 18 In.1995Login / Create Account for Price
 SpelterLampFigural, Woman, With 3 Lights, Art Nouveau, 32 In.1995Login / Create Account for Price
 SpelterMatch Holder2 Black Boys, Cotton Bale, Cotton Exposition, 1884, 2 5/8 In.1995Login / Create Account for Price
 SpelterMatch Holder2 Black Boys, Cotton Bale, Holding Watermelon, 1884, 2 5/8 In.1995Login / Create Account for Price
 SpelterTrophyTennis, Painted Gold, 1920s, 11 In.1995Login / Create Account for Price


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