A Coating of this Size is first laid on; and when tolerably dry, which it will be in the course of 7 or 8 hours, the Leaf is put on.
If the object is being re-gilt, it ought to be scrubbed with soap and hot water, before laying on the Size.
Gilt Figure-heads are sometimes covered on putting to Sea, [p 54] and kept so, for preservation, during the cruize; but it has been found that the chafe of the Cover does more harm than good.
After all, Gilt is not much in character in a Ship of War, except for the Figure-head. The Service requires something less tawdry, and of a more durable character.
Metal-lead is sometimes passed off for Gold-leaf, but it may easily be tested by dropping on it a little Aquafortis, which will turn the Leaf to a greenish colour, if not genuine.
Transcribed by Lars Bruzelius
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