Butler Finish: The care of silverware was one of the duties assigned to the English butler. In the course of years
of hand rubbing, the silverware took on a distinct luster which today in modern sterling is simulated by a process
of manufacture known as Butler Finish. Also called Grey Finish or French Gray Finish. Today a Butler Finish
can be produced by a revolving wire wheel.
Bottle Ticket: A labeled plaque with an attached chain, engraved or cast with the names of
various wines or spirits, for hanging around the neck of a decanter or bottle to indicate the
container's contents. The bottle ticket is believed to have emerged c. 1750. Also called a
Brandy Warmer: A utensil for warming brandy over a spirit lamp. A brandy snifter is held at
a 45 degree angle in a wire frame and the spirit lamp is lit below.
Brazing: Soldering high temperature alloys with high temperature metals. When brazing sterling, care must be
taken to prevent firestain.
Brazier: A type of utensil used for warming or cooking foods by means of burning
Bright Finish: A highly polished, mirror like finish.
Bright Cut: A type of engraved decoration produced by short deeply angled cuts to
produce distinctly crisp, faceted lines.
Britannia Silver: A higher standard of silver than sterling, Britannia Silver is an alloy composed of 95.84% fine
silver and 4.16% other metals. Not the same as Britannia Metal.
Bristol Silver: A trade name used by Bristol Mfg. Co. of Attleboro, Massachusetts,
given to wares made of silver-colored alloys. Has no silver content.
Burmaroid: A trade name used by the Daniel & Arter Globe Nevada Works of
Birmingham, England, given to wares made of silver-colored alloys. Has no silver
Bullion: Pure precious metal in bars or ingots.
Butter Pat: Small dishes for each individual diner for holding pats of butter, used
primarily when serving corn on the cob.
Burnishing: A polishing technique for silver where it is brought to a high finish by rubbing the surface with a
hard smooth object, such as agate.
Brandy Saucepan: A small saucepan with a wood, bone, or ivory handle for warming
brandy. A larger version of this saucepan is called a pipkin.
Buffing: A polishing process utilizing a rotating wheel with an abrasive surface.
Bottle Stopper: A cork stopper used to fit into the neck of a bottle.
Brazil Silver: A trade name used by the Royal Manufacturing Co. of Detroit, the
Weinman Co. of Philadelphia, PA, and by the Daniel and Arter Globe Nevada Works
of Birmingham, England. These goods were made of silver-colored alloys and have
no silver content.
Button Hook: A tool with a hooked end used to facilitate the buttoning
of shoes, gloves, etc. The hook end is inserted through the buttonhole,
the hook is then used to capture the button by the shank, and the button is
then and drawn through.
Bun Pepper: An early form of pepper caster with a baluster shape and a simply pierced top, no
finial, and usually lacking ornamentation.
Britannia Metal: An alloy of tin, antimony and copper. Has no silver content. Not the same as Britannia Silver.
Bread Basket: A round or oval basket, sometimes with a bail handle, to serve bread and rolls. This form of
basket usually rests on a flat base, but is occasionally seen with feet.