Amalgam silvering

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A silver gilding technique in which an amalgam of silver with mercury is applied to a metal such as copper or brass then the metal is heated to flash volatilize the mercury and deposit a thin layer of silver.

Synonyms and Related Terms

fire silvering; Feuerversilberung (Deut.); plateado a la amalgama (Esp.); vuurverzilveren (Ned.); amalgama prateada (Port.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996