Mrs. Beeton's Recipe for "Cement for China and Glass" (1888)

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This recipe for a home-made household adhesive appears on pg 1532 of a 1888 edition of "Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management," by Isabella Beeton, a popular guide to all aspects of domestic management in Victorian Britain. Published by Ward, Lock; London (1888)

Mrs. Beeton's Recipe for "Cement for China and Glass" (1888)

Dissolve an ounce of gun-mastic in a quantity of highly –rectified spirits of wine; then soften an ounce of isinglass in warm water, and, finally, dissolve it in rum or brandy, till it forms a thick jelly. Mix the isinglass and gum-mastic together, adding a quarter of ounce of finely-powdered gum-ammoniac; put the whole into an earthen pipkin, and in a warm place, till they are thoroughly incorporated together; pour it into a small phial, and cork it down for use.

In using it, dissolve a small piece of the cement in a silver teaspoon over a lighted candle. The broken pieces of glass or china being warmed, and touched with the now liquid cement, join the parts neatly together, and hold them in their places till the cement has set; then wipe away the cement adhering to the edge of the joint, and leave it for twelve hours without touching it: the joint will be as strong as the china itself, and if neatly done, it will show no joining. It is essential that neither of the pieces be wetted either with hot or cold water.

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