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Antique Decorative French Oval Ormolu Pill Box C1870 19th C

Antique Decorative French Oval   Ormolu Pill Box C1870  19th C | Ref. no. A1507 | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: A1507
Price: £ 0.00
A delightful antique French oval ormolu and painted portrait lidded pill box, circa 1870 in date. The oval box features superb...

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A delightful antique French oval ormolu and painted portrait lidded pill box, circa 1870 in date.

The oval box features superb relief moulded scrolling acanthus leaves to the body.

The hinged cover is set with a hand painted portrait miniature of a girl in a bonnet with a bow motif above and a scroll motif below against a star trellis ground.  The interior has it's original pink velvet lining.

Add this delightful pill bow to your collection.
 

Condition:

In excellent condition with no dings, dents or signs of repair. Please see photos for confirmation.

 


Dimensions in cm:

Height 3 x Width 8 x Depth 7

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 inch x Width 3 inches x Depth 3 inches

Our reference: A1507


Ormolu - (from French 'or moulu', signifying ground or pounded gold) is an 18th-century English term for applying finely ground, high-carat gold in a mercury amalgam to an object of bronze.The mercury is driven off in a kiln leaving behind a gold-coloured veneer known as 'gilt bronze'.

The manufacture of true ormolu employs a process known as mercury-gilding or fire-gilding, in which a solution of nitrate of mercury is applied to a piece of copperbrass, or bronze, followed by the application of an amalgam of gold and mercury. The item was then exposed to extreme heat until the mercury burned off and the gold remained, adhered to the metal object.

After around 1830 because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury other techniques were used instead. Electroplating is the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used on silver, to produce silver-gilt..

Dimensions in cm:

Height 3 x Width 8 x Depth 7

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 inch x Width 3 inches x Depth 3 inches

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