Example End to End Restoration of a French Champleve Crystal Regulator
Clock Movement & Case
If the original numbers are OK and they can be retained, however in this example of a Chelsea Ships Bell dial both the numbers and silvering needed restoring
First the dial was thoroughly cleaned and, in this case, the old degraded wax in the numerals removed.
Then fresh black dial wax was applied and the dial was mounted on a lathe to complete the removal of the old silvering, clean off the excess wax, and to create the 'spun finish' that this dial originally had
And here's how it looked afterwards:
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Removing old lacquer, polishing the case and re-lacquering can transform clocks such as Carriage Clocks, but this example is of an Atmos clock that arrived in need of repair and with much of the original finish on the case degraded and patchy
Here's how it looked. The case was partially dissembled in the before pictures, but I think you'll still get the idea!
Here's the starting point
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Silvered dials with engraved numerals can be transformed by being re-silvered.
Next, silvering solution was applied to the brass dial, followed by finishing powder to brighten it and a final coat of lacquer to protect the new finish
The result is shown opposite
This once beautiful clock arrived in a distressed state with tired and dirty case, faded and missing numerals on the dial and a movement that needed tlc.
The movement was dissembled, thoroughly serviced and cleaned, screws re-blued and all parts lacquered
Next all the case parts were polished, re-lacquered and reassembled
Then the dial numerals were re-instated
And Finally! The end result.....
The following pictures show the process and result
And some before and after photos of a Chelsea for Tiffany Ships Bell after polishing, lacquering and re-silvering
Clock Dial Re-silvering
All parts of the case were dissembled, cleaned and polished