posted on July 18, 2002 07:28:03 PM new
How do you tell the difference between brass and bronze? I see alot of e-bay listings for items stating brass/bronze. I assume the seller is not sure.
The reason I want to know is that I bought a beautiful pair of andirons at a great price. They were covered with soot (sp) and cobwebs.
I cleaned them and the color is not yellow brassy but not quite "bronzey" either.
There is currently a listing for the exact same andirons on e-bay. The seller states his are bronze.
How can I tell if mine are bronze, too?
How can I tell the difference between solid brass and brass plating?
First, test with a magnet - a refrigerator magnet will do. Solid brass is not magnetic. If the magnet sticks, the item is usually steel or cast iron, with a brass plating. If the magnet does not stick, you can test further by scratching a hidden area with a sharp tool. If you see a shiny yellow scratch, the item is likely solid brass. If you see a silvery scratch, your piece is likely white metal (zinc). Iron, steel, and white metal can all be replated, in which case a lacquer is always applied to protect the plating.
How can I tell the difference between solid brass and brass plating ?