I get a mighty feeling when handling this piece. A one-of-a-kind construction that may have taken the life of its artisan. If I had to put a value on this, I would say 10000.
- Fact 1: A french word, "ormolu" literally means "ground gold".
- Fact 2: Ormolu clocks were soaked in mercury during the crafting process, often killing the maker and earning them the nickname “"Death Clocks".
- Fact 3: Mercury is one of the most toxic substances known to man, and was also used in the manufacture of hats at the time.
- Fact 4: Legislation in France outlawed the use of Mercury in 1830, effectively ending the production of ormolu.
- Fact 5: Though a variety of goods were created using the ormolu process, such as chandeliers, furniture, and sculptures, mantel clocks proved the most popular and frequently produced ormolu goods.