Zinc is a bluish-white, lustrous metal. It is brittle at ordinary temperatures but
malleable at 100 to 150oC. It is a fair conductor of electricity, and burns in air at high red heat with evolution of
white clouds of the oxide. The metal is employed to form numerous alloys with other metals. Brass, nickel silver,
typewriter metal, commercial bronze, spring bronze, German silver, soft solder, and
aluminum solder are some of the more important alloys. Large quantities of
zinc are used to produce die castings, which are used extensively by the
automotive, electrical, and hardware industries.
These zinc plates would be a welcome addition to any metal collection as well
as functional use.