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Chrome History

Plating is the application of a plate or coat of metal to a surface for decoration, reflection of light, protection against corrosion, or increased wearing quality. The practice is of ancient origin. Gilding was developed early. The Romans soldered silver plates to articles of baser metals. In the 5th century, a process was described where iron weapons were coated with copper by dipping them in a copper solution. In the 18th century, the plating of copper or brass with silver by fusion was originated in England (Sheffeld Plate). Plating of chromium followed shortly thereafter in the mid to late 1800's in the United States.