Imitation gold

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Any metallic alloy used as a substitute for Gold. Imitation gold is usually made of powdered Bronze. It is used for lettering and decoration of books.

See also Alchemic gold, Dutch metal, and Pinchbeck.

Synonyms and Related Terms

artificial gold; imitatie goud (Ned.); ouro de imitação (Port.)

Resources and Citations

  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982