Matte Black Ebony brass is a fully-black, darkened brass with a slight luster, pure black. It is made in the USA and finished with its gorgeous artisan finish here in the States, too. You can distress it with fine steel wool to lift golden highlights. It's also interesting when you add a bit of white to it or even some teal-green, like our Patina Gilder's paste. If you distress it, please re-seal the brass with matte spray lacquer. Otherwise, it does not need sealing but is a permanent finish. It is also nickel-free.