- an alloy for making printing types, consisting chiefly of lead and antimony, and sometimes small quantities of tin, copper, etc.
Origin of type metal
First recorded in 1790–1800
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Examples from the Web for type metal
This shell is backed with type-metal and is then ready for use.What Philately Teaches
John N. Luff
Type-metal is an alloy of lead with antimony and tin, to which occasionally a small quantity of copper or zinc is added.
With a result not very different was the application of antimony in the composition of printer's type-metal.History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)
John William Draper
Having been sent to the casting-room, the types are slightly oiled, and surrounded with a frame of brass or type-metal.
The type-metal is prepared for immediate use by melting it, as fast as it may be needed, in a small crucible, over a coal fire.
- printing an alloy of tin, lead, and antimony, from which type is cast