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Gold at The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse
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The Book of Common Prayer, and administration of The Sacraments ...


RCIN 1123511

This prayer book belonged to Queen Victoria and was used in the private chapel at Windsor Castle. The edges have been gilded using gold leaf, and then goffered to achieve a decorative pattern. This is achieved by applying heated finishing tools to the gilded edge in order to indent them with small, repeated patterns, resulting in a textured finish. Gilding the edges of a book was not only for decoration, as the gold acted as a buffer and prevented dust from entering the book.

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