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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 08-16-2009 11:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Last night a friend gave us a copy of:
Art Metalwork With Inexpensive Equipment
by Arthur F. Payne
Year 1914, 1929

The book was apparently previously owned by G. Loring Stiles, 67-90 Dartmouth Street, Forest Hills, New York

Tucked into the book was several interesting things. The first, is the following hand written notes "Gilding by fire or mercury":

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iconnumber posted 08-16-2009 01:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mercury gilding was a very popular method of adding a layer of gold to brass and other materials for many years. This practice has been abandoned by most since it exposure to the mercury and the fumes caused when the metal is burned off is dangerous. It is possible to do this safely with the use of water filtering system to reclaim the mercury and eliminate the escape of the vapors.

It is fascinating to read this account and doubly special to have found it in a copy of Payne's book.


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Here is another found tucked in the book:

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