A Popular Technical Dictionary of Commercial and General Information

A Popular Technical Dictionary of Commercial and General Information

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...Belgium, France, Turkey, Spain, and the Balearic Isles, Italy, India, and Ceylon. Its cultivation has been attempted in England, but without any beneficial result. Our supplies were for a lengthened period almost entirely derived from Holland; but large quantities are now imported from France and Turkey. The root is perennial, long, creeping, about as large as a quill, and red both within and without; from it arise several trailing stems, rough, branching two or three feet in length. The flowers are small and yellow; they make their appearance in June and July, and are succeeded by blackish berries. The plant is raised from seed, and is three years old before the roots come to perfection; they then weigh, when green, thirty or forty pounds per plant, or about one-sixth of this MADEIRA--MAHOGANY. 193 quantity when dry. The roots, when taken up, are washed, and dried in kilns as quickly as possible; they are then pounded or ground. In this stale they are of an orange colour. Madder is used for dyeing silk, woollen, and cotton goods. The colour derived from it is lasting, and resists the action of the air and sun; that called madder-red contains the whole of the colouring matter. To produce that called Turkey-red only the finest colouring particles of the root are preserved. Madder is called in commerce by various names, according to its quality. From Turkey and Italy madder-roots are brought in their natural state; those of Holland and Zealand are ground. The finest selected portion, and which is carefully taken from the middle of the roots, is called crop madder; the best roots, when ground up without being peeled, form what is called ombro. When the roots are unsorted and ground, they constitute gamene madder; and the refuse of all the operations...show more

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  • Paperback | 148 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 277g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236635906
  • 9781236635907