Vintage Alpacca Silver Metal 4 Piece Vanity Set C.1950

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Vintage Alpacca four piece vanity set c.1950

Consists of a hand mirror, hair brush, clothes brush and comb. All have a lovely flower design on the back and the handles of the mirror and hair brush.

Mirror measures approx 10.5″ (27cm) long and the actual mirror part is 4″ (10.5cm) wide. Hair brush 9.5″ (25cm) long and 3.5″ (8.5cm) wide. Clothes brush 6.25″ (16cm) long and 2″ (5cm) wide. Comb 6.75″ (17cm) long and 1.5″ (4cm) wide.

The mirror has a bevelled edge and has no marks or scratches, both brushes have full bristles and the comb has all teeth. The clothes brush Alpacca cover is a bit loose but it is pinned both ends.

I have given them all a quick clean but they all need a good clean as there is still slight tarnishing to each item. There are no dents or dings to any of the items.

All four pieces have the Alpacca mark.

Nickel silver is first known in China. It became known in the west from imported wares called bai-tong or pakfong ( literally “white copper”), for which the silvery metal colour was used to imitate sterling silver. According to Berthold Laufer, it was identical with khar sini, one of the seven metals recognized by Jābir ibn Hayyān.

It was discovered to be a copper-nickel-zinc alloy in the 18th century. In 1770 the Suhl (Germany) metalworks were able to produce a similar alloy. In 1823 a German competition was held to perfect the production process: the goal was to create an alloy that possessed the closest visual similarity to silver. The brothers Henniger in Berlin and Ernst August Geitner in Schneeberg independently achieved this goal. the manufacturer Berndorf named the trademark brand Alpacca, which became widely known in northern Europe for nickel silver.

Nickel silver first became popular as a base metal for silver plated cutlery and other silverware.

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