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Mercury. Extracting mercury from ore by placing ore covered by sand and ashes in an earthenware pot on stand with a fire underneath. The mercury was retrieved from the bottom of the pot after cooling. From 'De la pirotechnia' by Vannoccio Biringuccio (Venice, 1540).

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Mercury.  Extracting mercury from ore by placing ore covered by sand and ashes in an earthenware pot on stand with a fire underneath.  The mercury was retrieved from the bottom of the pot after cooling.  From 'De la pirotechnia' by Vannoccio Biringuccio (Venice, 1540).