General: This is a Quirt handle, hand blown from a Sterling Silver Tube.
The hair is fire gilt with 24 K Gold. The Quirt is a 12 strand
plait with twin tails.
Material: Sterling Silver handle leather Quirt.
Method: Hand Blown, Fire Gilt.
Mechanics: The Handle is hand blown.
Designer: Walraven van Heeckeren.
Craftsman: Walraven van Heeckeren.
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Price: AUS $ 3500.00.
STERLING SILVER is a binary Silver alloy consisting of:
925 parts/1000 Pure Silver and
75 parts/1000 Pure Copper.
Annealing temperature: 750 degrees Celsius.
Melting Temperature: 950 degrees Celsius.
Hand Blowing is a method of forming metal by creating a
sealed form such as a cylinder with a bottom. The
top edge is then sealed and a hydrolic fluid is
then pumped into the cylinder. If the cylinder is
placed in a die, then the expanding hydraulic fluid
will push the metal into the form of the die.
Fire gilding is a method of applying Gold to the
surface of an object. 24K Gold is dissolved in
mercury, and the resulting amalgam is rubbed onto
the surface where the Gold is to be applied. The
mercury takes the gold into the surface of the
silver and the mercury is then driven off with
heat. This creates a permanent bond between the
Gold and the Silver. The gold is then polished with
Mercury vapour is poisonous, and should be handled
in a fume cupboard. The fumes must not be inhaled.
Burnishing is an old method of polishing metal. By rubbing
the surface of the metal to be polished with a
highly polished piece of steel called a burnisher,
the surface itself becomes polished.