German Silver

is not silver at all, but white copper, or copper, zinc, and nickel mixed together. It was first made in Europe at Hildberg-hausen, in Germany, but had been used by the Chinese time out of mind.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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