That which is commonly called gold wire is in fact merely silver wire gilt. The following is the process employed for this purpose. First an ingot of silver of 24 pounds is forged into a cylinder of about an inch in diameter, which is reduced by passing it through eight or ten holes of a large coarse drawing iron, to about three fourths of its former diameter. It is then filed very carefully all over, to remove any dirt from the forge, and afterwards cut through the middle into two ingots, each about 26 inches long, which are drawn through several new holes to remove any inequalities left by the file, and to render the surface as smooth and equable as possible. The ingot thus far prepared, it is heated in a charcoal fire: then taking some gold leaves, each about four inches square, and weighing 12 grains each, four, eight, twelve, or sixteen of them are joined, as the wire is intended to be more or less gilt, and when they are joined so as to form a single leaf, the ingots are rubbed reeking hot with a burnisher, and the leaves applied over the whole surface of the ingot to the number of six over each other, well burnished or rubbed down.
When gilt, the ingots are again laid in a charcoal fire, and raised to a certain degree of heat, when they are gone over a second time with the burnisher, both to solder the gold more perfectly, and to finish the polishing. The gilding finished, the ingot is passed through twenty holes of a moderate drawing iron, by which it is reduced to the thickness of the tag of a lace; from this time the ingot loses its name, and commences gold wire.. Twenty holes more of a lesser iron leaves it small enough for the least iron, the finest holes of which last, scarcely exceeding the hair of the head, finish the work. Each time that the wire is drawn through a fresh hole it is rubbed afresh with new wax, both to facilitate its passage, and to prevent the silver appearing through it.