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    Confused Question about brassing...

    Of course brassing is what happens when gold plating wears through to the base metal, or brass. What is it about brass that made it the base metal of choice for vintage gold plated and gold filled watches?
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    Re: Question about brassing...

    Quote Originally Posted by pacifichrono View Post
    Of course brassing is what happens when gold plating wears through to the base metal, or brass. What is it about brass that made it the base metal of choice for vintage gold plated and gold filled watches?
    It is cheap, easy to work, and holds plating quite well... Some of the plating sites on the net go into more detail.
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    Re: Question about brassing...

    Brass was used for gold-filling and gold-plating in lots of things. The gold clips and the cap-bands of fountain pens were made of brass with gold-fill over the top. I always suspected it was because Brass looked so much like gold that if the gold ever wore off, the brass would shine just as good as the gold and nobody would know the difference.

    Of course, that isn't true - Brassing is obvious when you look at it, but that was what I thought...
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    Re: Question about brassing...

    brass is a metal that is inexpensive and workable and holds gold plate well.

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    Re: Question about brassing...

    :thanks Thanks guys. I, too, thought it was used because of the color.
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