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Brass

An alloy of copper and zinc. It has low friction and so is used in manufactured products such as gears and valves. It is also used in musical instruments.. It may be traded as a commodity on exchanges such as the London Metal Exchange.
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Some brasses were geometric designs or shaped like acorns, birds, anchors, bells, etc.
By Victorian times horse brasses were cast in molds, and this process is still used.
In comparing mechanical properties, the silicon brasses (C87500 and C87800) exhibited the highest tensile properties, followed by the silicon bronzes (C87600 and C97610) and the high-zinc yellow brasses (C85800).