Sal ammoniac

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Common name for Ammonium chloride used prior to the 1800s when chemical compound names were standardized (Schur 1985). Sal ammoniac was used as a mordant, a soldering flux, and an ingredient in iron cement.

Synonyms and Related Terms

ammonium chloride

Resources and Citations

  • R. Mayer, The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques, Viking Press, New York, 1981
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 58
  • 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
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • "Violin Varnish Glossary" at