Antique and collectible history / Parcel-gilt

Solid Gold Fully Hallmarked Antique Locket

Differences Between Solid Gold, Gold Front & Back, Rolled Gold & Plate

What are the differences between solid gold, gold front & back, gold plated, gold filled, rolled gold, gold cased, vermeil and pinchbeck?

What do the terms ormolu, parcel-gilt, bronze dore, mercury gilding, fire gilding, gold wash & fool's gold mean?

When and why was a British system of hallmarking established?

This post will answer all of these questions.




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