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Back of Pot Metal Earring

Back of Pot Metal Earring

- Jay B. Siegel
Definition: a generic term for base metal used in costume jewelry manufacture; while it is most often plated with gold or silver, during the 1930s many pieces were left unplated as a cost-saving measure and collectors refer to these pieces as "pot metal" when describing them; pot metal usually has a dull finish akin to pewter when left unplated
Also Known As: base metal
Angela learned the term pot metal not only refers to base metal used to manufacture costume jewelry, but also to unplated pieces dating to the 1930s.

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