Common name for ammonia solution prior to the 1800s when chemical compound names were standardized (Schur 1985). It was given this name because a commercial solution of ammonia in water (35.6% by weight) has a specific gravity of 0.880.
Synonyms and Related Terms
S. Schur, "Conservation Terminology: A Review of Past & Current Nomenclature of Materials", Technology and Conservation, 1985.
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
- Tom Rowland, Noel Riley, A-Z Guide to Cleaning, Conserving and Repairing Antiques, Constable and Co., Ltd., London, 1981