National Repository Volume 3-4

National Repository Volume 3-4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...manufacture of electro-plated ware. A quarter of a century ago fine plated ware was imported from London or Paris; now it is common to send whole services of American plate to Europe. The old process of NATIONA L REPOSITORY. plating was slow and expensive, and did not lend itself readily to the execution of ornamentation of a refined character, but by the electro-process it is possible to produce goods that difi'er from solid silver in intrinsic value only. The base of this elegant ware is a fine quality of nickel, which has the sonorous ring of silver, and is susceptible of an equally fine finish. The articles are carefully weighed before being put in the electric " bath," and it is definitely known what weight of silver is deposited on each piece. The great hotel in San Francisco, the "Baldwin," was lately furnished with the largest service of fine plated ware ever made in the world, every thing being ordered to correspond, like a vast set of family silver. A few steps from the cases of plated ware we were attracted by a busy corner, and discovered that it was given over to one of the most active branches of the business, the "Stationery Department." Here it is that the beautiful paper and envelopes, adorned with monograms or other tasteful devices, are prepared. We saw the note-paper and invitation cards made for the White House, and were greatly interested in looking over the books containing speciinens of invitations to balls, college commencements, and receptions, many of which were beautifully designed, and printed from very finely en 'graved steel plates. fllenus, or bills of fare, for dinner parties, with beautiful illuminated designs, dinner eards for the names of guests, and a thousand...show more

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  • Paperback | 694 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 35mm | 1,220g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236965868
  • 9781236965868