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They Stopped Making These “Death Clocks” In 1830…Find Out Why Here!

Have you heard of an Ormolu clock before? The term Ormolu comes from the process of applying ground gold-mercury amalgam to a bronze object, just like the clock in the video below. The guys from Pawn Stars refer to this as a Death Clock because exposure to the mercury finish would often prove fatal for the gilders, so much so that France outlawed the use of mercury for these clocks in 1830. Get a closer look at this clock in the following clip. This really gives you a new appreciation for the craftsmanship!

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