ON MAKING ARTIFICIAL GOLD
The following oroid or imitation gold is sometimes sold for the genuine article, which is closely resembles. Pure copper, 100 parts by weight, is melted in a crucible, and then 6 parts of magnesia, 3.6 of sal ammoniac, 1.8 of quicklime, and 0.9 of tartar are added separately and gradually in the form of powder. The whole is then stirred for about half an hour, and 17 parts of zinc or tin in small grains are thrown in and thoroughly mixed. The crucible is now covered and the mixture kept melted for half an hour longer, when it is skimmed and poured out. Any imitation of gold may be detected by its weight, which is not one-half of what it should be, and by its dissolving in nitric acid while pure gold is untouched.
---Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889
Richard Rogers (1933-)