1,13-Bis(8-quinolyl)-1,4,7,10,13-pentaoxatridecane-dimercury(I)-diperchlorate is formed by the reaction of 1,13-bis(8-quinolyl)-1,4,7,10,13-pentaoxatridecane in ethanol with an aqueous solution of dimercury(I)-diperchlorate. It crystallizes in the triclinic space group P Ī with a = 1020.6(2), b = 1200.6(8), c = 1441.1(6) pm , α = 69.60(5)°, β = 83.04(13)°, y = 66.53(4)° and Z = 2. The crystal structure was determined by X -ray diffraction and refined to an R-value o f 0.079. The Hg 2 2+ -ion is coordinated to both nitrogen atoms and four oxygen atoms of one molecule of the ligand. By changing four C - O torsional angles from trans to gauche, the ligand adopts a helical, chiral configuration around the Hg 2 2+ -ion. The CIO 4 - -ions are not coordinated to the Hg 2 2+ -ion.