Film tracing various procedures involved in beating gold.
Title reads: "British Instructional Films present Gold Beating".
Location of events unknown.
Two men work with gold. Man measures raw gold from a flat dish into a beaker. A beaker containing raw material is carried to a small kiln. Intertitle reads: "Melting". A lid is placed on the top of the kiln. Beaker is brought out of kiln using metal tongs. Intertitle reads: "Casting". The molten liquid is poured into a mould to make an ingot. The ingot is turned out of the mould and taken to a press. Intertitle reads: "Rolling". The ingot is passed through the press several times. We see this in C/U. More pressure is gradually applied to flatten the ingot. Intertitle reads: "After 4 hours". It becomes thin and soft, like golden ribbon. This is carried off in a blanket.
Intertitle reads: "Beating". Top shot of men at work pounding gold with hammers. Another man is doing close work with gold leaf. He places small squares of gold leaf in between brown paper with tweezers. This is then wrapped up and pounded with a large wooden hammer. We see this in C/U. The package is unwrapped and we see that the small squares have been flattened and stretched to twice their size within the package.
Intertitle reads: "The leaf is cut and beaten again". Long work bench where many women do very close work with the gold leaf. A female supervisor looks at their work. They are putting sheets of gold leaf in between layers of paper. This is done with tweezers and with the aid of a puff of breath to flatten the very thin leaves of gold. The edges of the squares are trimmed. C/Us of this process. Small squares are cut from the larger squares and inserted between squares of paper.
Note: an unedited version of this story exists. See separate record for film id 1619.05 (on tape *PM1619*). AH 2001.