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Posted By: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
14-Dec-09 - 12:49 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Pewter Tankards
Subject: RE: Folklore: Pewter Tankards
I remember my father telling me about antimony being used in type-metal (for printing presses etc.) as when the correct proportion was used the liquid did not change in volume when changing phase to the solid, hence giving the correct size of type.
Presumably this means that antimony forms a crystaline structure like ice does, becoming larger when solidifying, or am I misinformed?