LATTEN (from O. Fr. laton, mod. Fr. laiton, possibly connected with Span, /a/a, Ital. /a/to, 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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