A technique, using electrolysis, of coating a base metal (usually nickel but also copper) with silver or gold. Seemingly high-quality tableware, for example, could be produced quickly and cheaply. An electric current passed through a conducting fluid brought about the transfer. The process was developed in the early 19th century and first patented in 1840, by George Elkington of Birmingham.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.