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The term ‘silver gilt’ is used to describe an item of silver completely covered in a thin layer of gold. However, as you will find, this term is often loosely used to describe ‘parcel gilt’ silver objects. Parcel gilding in fact refers to a silver object only partially covered with gold. For some reason, 'parcel' is actually a corruption of the word 'partial' in this context, although I am not sure exactly when this change occurred.

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  • Posted by Robin Newcombe

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