Monday, 25 June 2012

Day 38 - Sheffield

It's Monday morning and I spy Sheffield on the horizon for today's Olympic Torch relay. Sheffield is known for its metal work and this book from MoDA, Sheffield Plate really goes for gold.

Sheffield Plate, by Bertie Wyllie, George Newnes, nd, Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, BADDA2565
This cover image uses gilding to recreate delicate metal tracery. Gilding is often used on book covers to impart importance and wealth to a cover, but here it also serves the function of representing a material.

2012 Olympic Medals

Like the decoration on the cover of this book, modern Olympic gold medals are not made from pure gold.
Today's medals gold medals are made from a minimum of 92.5% silver and must be plated with at least 6 grams of gold.

Examples of London 2012's Olympic and Paralympic medals are display at the British Museum until the 9th September 2012.

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