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Pure brass or brass plating? Here's what you need to know.

Pure Brass vs. Brass Plating

As early as 20 B.C., true brass was used by Romans to produce coins. By the 16th century, brass was in common use in England.

At C.K. Thomas & Sons, we use 100% pure brass. However, this is not the case among most manufacturers. We want our customers to be confident in the quality of our products. So, how can you tell if a product is true brass, or brass plating? The answer is simple.

While solid brass can always be polished to its original beauty, brass plating is very thin and will deteriorate over a period of time. Once the brass plating has deteriorated, the piece will need to be replaced, as it cannot be repaired.

Have a product that you would like to test? Follow these simple steps to find the difference between pure brass and brass plating:

You will need two things - a magnet and the object in question.

Simply put the magnet onto the product and see if it sticks.

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.

At C.K. Thomas & Sons, no testing is required. You can count on 100% pure-brass quality, 100% of the time. You will soon be able to see for yourselves, as our products will be released for sale in the United States in early 2017. For more information on our products, and the artisans that create them, join our Artisan Ambassador Program.


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