Lapis infernis

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Description

An archaic name for fused silver nitrate. The caustic metal salt was used for cauterizing wounds, silvering mirrors and for silver plating.

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Susan E. Schur, Conservation Terminology: A review of Past & Current Nomenclature of Materials, Technology and Conservation, Spring (p.34-39); Summer (p.35-38); Fall (p.25-36), 1985

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