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Latten is a term found in medieval documents.It referred to a mixed copper alloy. For example, in 1321 the London Girdlers' Guild issued a charter in an attempt to regulate which metals could be used for buckles and mounts, with latten, copper, iron and steel being approved, while 'lead, pewter and tin' were forbidden, along with 'other false things'. In rare instances it is possible to link a document describing a latten object with the artefact and for the composition of that artefact to then be analysed. For instance, the mid-15th-century contract ordering the tomb for Richard Bea…

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Maria Hayward, “Latten”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 15 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_415>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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