Gold Bulletin

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 161–166 | Cite as

The ancient craft of gold beating

  • Eric D. Nicholson
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Transferable gold coatings, the manufacture and application of which were reviewed in Gold Bulletin a year ago, are now widely used for decorative purposes. True beaten gold leaf, however, remains the material of choice for prestige gilding in which durability is called for. Gold beating by hand has been practised for some five thousand years and the exponents of this ancient craft, to whom ‘address is requisite’, are justifiably proud of the traditions associated with it.


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© World Gold Council 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric D. Nicholson
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  1. 1.George M. Whiley LimitedLivingstonScotland

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