Mexican (Alpaca) Silver - Box. This is a beautiful, hand stamped, hand made little box lined with velvet. Alpaca Silver does NOT contain alpacas!."Alpaca Silver (Alpacca) refers to an alloy that imitates sterling silver. This bright silvery-grey metal alloy is made up of copper, zinc and nickel and sometimes iron. Alpaca Silver does not contain real silver. The term for this alloy in Mexico , Central America, and South America is Alpaca Silver rather than Nickel Silver. - In 1823 there was a contest among German & Austrian metalwork companies to develop an alloy that most closely appeared similar to visually silver. After the manufacturer, Berndorf AG, trademarked and made popular the brand name Alpacca, this term was used more frequently than the term Nickel Silver. In Germany & Austria and also in Middle and Eastern Europe the term used for this alloy is Alpacca Silver rather than Nickel Silver. It is also commonly called German Silver or Alpacca Silver. - Alpaca Silver, Alpacca Siver, Nickel Silver, and German Silver are all valued collectibles.
approximately 3.5 x 3.5 inches