Know Everything About The History of Brass Metals
articles and figures from the brass metal probably dates back to the
seventeenth and eighteenth century. Some of the things that were made
with brass are candlesticks, dishes of various sizes, chandeliers
popular surviving form of brassware is probably the domestic
candlestick. These were made usually in pairs, and are rarely older
than the middle of the seventeenth century. At that time they were on domed
circular bases, with a pan to catch drips of wax halfway up the
stout central column. Early in the eighteenth century, shaped bases
and tall stems with grease-pans at the very top came into fashion.
With variations from time to time, this style continued in use until
the candle was no longer the principal illuminant in the home.
Brass was made
into dishes of various sizes, often with embossed designs of Biblical
scenes with inscriptions on the borders. These are sometimes still to
be seen in use as alms-dishes in churches.
brass with curved branching arms were made in England and also on the
Continent. Many of them date from the seventeenth century, but most
have been made more recently in response to continual demand.
This is the
French name (literally or moulu, molded gold) for articles and
furniture mounts made of bronze and gilded. The piece having been
made in bronze was carefully and finely finished by chiseling and
polishing and then coated with a mixture of mercury and gold. This
amalgam was subjected to heat and the mercury evaporated leaving the
gold deposited on the surface. Finally, the gold was burnished where
required, or left matt.
developed the art of designing and making furniture mounts from
ormolu, and were equally proficient at making clock cases,
candlesticks, inkstands and other suitable pieces from the same
material. Much thought was given to the mounting of porcelain in
ormolu, and vases and figures
with bases and other enhancements were valued highly for decoration.
They fetch high prices today, but only if the mounts are genuinely of
the eighteenth century. From 1745 to 1749 a tax was levied on ormolu,
and pieces were stamped in a similar manner to silver. The mark is a
letter 'c' beneath a crown, but as it was in use apparently for no
more than four years specimens bearing it is rare.
is not dissimilar to French, although seldom as highly finished. In
England, the firm of Boulton and Fothergill, of Soho, Birmingham,
made good ormolu at the end of the eighteenth century.
Old ormolu is
sometimes found with the gilding in good condition, but frequently it
is worn away on the surfaces exposed to by wear and tear; its
greatest enemy is metal-polish, which should never be used on it. As
with Sheffield plate, ormolu can be replated electrically but the
appearance of the old cannot be reproduced exactly.
ormolu, the French for articles and furniture
mounts made of bronze and gilded, developed the French name.
They developed the art of designing and making furniture mounts from
this ormolu and they were equally proficient at making clock
cases, candlesticks, inkstands and other suitable pieces from
this material. Then the German and the English followed later on in