Materials & Techniques

Oxidation

The process of "setting out" a design on a piece of metal by dipping it into a solution of boiling water and sodium sulphide, which oxidizes the silver and produces a deposit of black silver sulphide.

Drawn from

  • Charles L. Venable, Silver in America, 1840-1940: A Century of Splendor (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art; New York, New York; Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1994), 313.

  • Charles H. Carpenter Jr, _Gorham Silver (_San Francisco: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 1997), 186.