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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.

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