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Put eight silver shillings into two ounces of nitric acid. When the silver disappears, throw into it a pint of water and four ounces of common salt. The salt will throw down a powder, which is pure silver. Now decant off the water and repeat the same washings till all the effects of the salt shall have disappeared. Now add to this white powder two ounces of cyanide of potassium, and three ounces of hypo sulphate of soda. Now add to all this two quarts of pure rain water, and your silver mixture is complete.

Now you may do, by the aid of this mixture, all sorts of plating—watch-chains, rings, medals, watches, ornaments, steel, iron and German silver goods of every description, as spoons, spectacles, etc.

Hang any of these articles in the solution, suspended at the end of a strip of lead, or you can immerse the article and boil it ten or twenty minutes, according to the thickness of the silvering that you desire. If the articles to be plated are clean, a pure and durable silver surface will be the result.

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