Gold beating is an age-old process that goes back to the era of ancient Egyptians. Wonder at how this precious metal is slowly beat down to a leaf like consistency in this archive footage from 1959.
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Gold is used for many artistic glorification. But see here the process of gold being beaten until it has the thickness it needs.
C/U shot of a golden muscular arm holding mallet hanging on a wall. M/S of a man in the middle of gold melting process. Mr Bert Green pours gold into a small cast. C/U of a cast. Mr Green turns the cast over and a gold bar is out. M/S of Mr Green's face as he works. C/U shot of the bar being taken away.
C/U shot of a thin gold ribbon passing through a roller. Voiceover tells the audience that, golden bar, after being rolled into ribbon, is cut in squares and then beaten by hammers. C/U shot of the ribbon being cut in squares.
M/S of three people working. C/U shot of girl's hands as she puts golden squares in some sheets. M/S of a man taking sheets, putting into protection cover and placing under the hammering machine. C/U shot of the gold being beaten. M/S of a girl cutting a leaf in four. C/U shot of thin golden leaf being cut in four.
Several shots of gold beating by using large hammering machines as well as beating by hand. Finished leaves are cut into squares and ready to use. M/S of a man restoring old picture frame with gold leaves. C/U shot of a brush pressing the gold on the frame. C/U shot of several books bound with gold leaves and two little gold figurines. C/U shot of the symbol of House of Windsor.
Note: People featured in film are Bert Green, Kathleen Smith, Fay Crawford, George Lewellyn, Beryl Clark, Ted Ricketts, Jean Edwards, Ted Hook, Joe Woodward, Sylvia Lewington and Jim Sussex.
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