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 Gilt (g hard).Giltspur Street (West Smithfield). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Gilt-edge Investments.
A phrase introduced in the last quarter of the 19th century (when so many investments proved worthless), for investments in which no risks are incurred, such as debentures, preference shares, first mortgages, and shares in first-rate companies.   1

 Gilt (g hard).Giltspur Street (West Smithfield). 

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