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    Re: Resilvering of sextant mirrors:Australia
    From: Nels Tomlinson
    Date: 2003 Jun 16, 17:42 -0800

    My grandfather used to resilver the mirrors in his house by cleaning the
    back THOROUGHLY, then putting a drop of mercury on the back, and
    smearing it about with a silver dime.  This formed a mercury-silver
    amalgam, and when it dried, the mirror was good for a while longer.  I
    think that he varnished over it after drying, but can't remember.
    This makes a second-surface mirror, which may be what you want.  I'm not
    at all sure whether this would make a good first-surface mirror.
    Grandpa lived to be 92, and was in pretty good health until the day he
    kicked the bucket, so I would do this outside, on a windy day, and
    wouldn't worry too much about the health effects.
    Hope this helps,
    Glendon wrote:
    > Hello to List,
    > The mirrors (rectangular) on my Heath sextant need to be resilvered.
    > Does any list member know where I can get that done in Australia,
    > preferably on the East coast, near Sydney?
    > I have also posted this query to the Sextants group, where I am
    > possibly more likely to get an answer
    > Lee Martin

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