"German silver" is simply another name
for Alpaca silver. It derives its name from the
fact that it was first formulated by two German chemists
(Henninger and Geitner) in the 1800s.
German silver is an alloy of 12 parts
copper, 4 parts nickel, 4 parts zinc, and 1 part tin.
Since German silver has no silver, it is
inexpensive to make. It is used as the base for
silver-plated items and used as a cheap substitute for
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