Beautiful but deadly. Ormolu Clocks contain mercury.

The Ormolu Clocks are some of the most beautiful clocks ever made.

Ormolu (/ˈɔːrməluː/; from French or moulu, “grounded/pounded gold”) is the gilding technique of applying finely ground, high-carat gold–mercury amalgam to an object of bronze, and for objects finished in this way.

During research for books you may discover lot of things you didn’t know and some things you wish you hadn’t discovered . LOL!

I was using this clock as a mantle decor in a historical fiction novel and discovered that the process in producing them included mercury being cooked in an oven in a non ventilated room.  Well, you can see why they were only made in the 1830’s. Their manufacturing period is rather short considering their popularity. Bear in mind back in the 1830’s people didn’t know the danger of mercury as they do today. The clocks


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A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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4 Responses to Beautiful but deadly. Ormolu Clocks contain mercury.

  1. walgris says:

    Oh, that explain why they are collectibles. But aren’t they still poisonous?

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    • Hmmm, that’s a good question…as far as I know mercury has a half-life ranges from 45 to 70 days once absorbed into the body. I have no idea what maybe it’s active life adhered to non-Organic substances like clocks. I assume the cooking progress may have altered some of it’s harmful properties but apparently not enough to prevent the death of some of the kiln operators.


  2. Gyrus says:

    As beautiful as they are they were discontinued for the very same reason.

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