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Originally appearing in Volume V16, Page 275 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LATTEN (from O. Fr. laton, mod. Fr. laiton, possibly connected with Span. lata, Ital. latta, a lath), a mixed metal like brass, composed of copper and zinc, generally made in thin sheets, and used especially for monumental brasses and effigies. A fine example is in the screen of Henry VII.'s tomb in Westminster Abbey. There are three forms of latten, " black latten," unpolished and rolled, " shaven latten," of extreme thinness, and " roll latten," of the thickness either of black or shaven latten, but with both sides polished.
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