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Any black mixture used for darkening stoves or shoes. Blacking usually contained a carbon black pigment such as Lampblack.

Synonyms and Related Terms

blackening; Zebrite

Resources and Citations

  • Tom Rowland, Noel Riley, A-Z Guide to Cleaning, Conserving and Repairing Antiques, Constable and Co., Ltd., London, 1981
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998