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The word Ormolu is coming from the French language "or moulu" meaning "ground gold" as Ormolu was originally made with a coating of ground gold. Ormolu mounting are generally made with cast bronze or brass, which is plated with a gold and mercury coating then soaked in dilute sulphuric acid, giving a gold-like appearance. The use of this word has been extended to copper alloy made with copper, tin and zinc. French call Ormolu, “bronze doré” when the English say “gilt bronze”!
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