Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Random Sequence: ormolu

"His rich surroundings, though conjured by himself (or rather by his cash-books), had assumed the nature of a Frankenstein monster that awed and possessed him. He would no more have dreamt of really enjoying himself, than he would of reading any of the gilded books upon his marble and ormolu center table."
--"A Few Friends" by Korma Lynn in Godey's Lady Book and Magazine, May 1864

(I found a bound copy of several issues of Godey's in my basement and have been flipping through the dusty pages.)

ormolu = an alloy of zinc and copper used to imitate gold, or gold powder used for gilding

All that glitters is not ormolu.

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