Antique Clock Dial Restoration
We at Green and Cockburn Antique Restoration undertake dial restoration to the highest standard. Our dial restoration service is only provided if required, alongside clock or movement restoration.
This is partly due to the time needed to restore an individual dial. The fees to provide this service within the required time will likely outweigh the monetary gain after restoration. We therefore only offer this service as part of a greater restoration project.
An example of our dial restoration.
Below you can see the very worn and dilapidated dial of a fusee clock. This dial required intensive restoration as it was badly damaged and dented.
Here are the before and after photographs. The dial has been painted and lacquered. The numerals and chapter rings added.
Examples of Antique Clock Dial Restoration
In addition to our clock movement and case restoration services, we repaint and restore clock dials. This work involves various paint finishes to match the original, and enamel dial restoration which involves re-firing techniques.
Enamel dial restoration is in fact porcelain restoration, and uses similar techniques. A damaged enamel dial can be restored back to its original condition without any signs of repair. The priority for us, as with any restoration, is that the cost of this process remain within the value of the complete item.
Our Dials Are Restored Using Traditional Techniques
We undertake dial painting and clock silvering using methods contemporary to the piece. We only use paint and pigments of the period, with a remarkable likeness to the original artist's technique. On Scottish dials we also lay gold leaf as per the original dial.
A 30 hour dial from a single-handed movement circa 1660.
This dial is from a 30 hour long case clock circa 1660 with a birdcage movement these clocks were originally called wag on the wall clocks were placed on a plinth on the wall.
Because they fell off quite often around 1700 they were placed into cases the dial in the photograph required restoration of the spandrels which were gilded, the silver work such as the chapter ring was silvered using silver sulphate as would have been done originally.
In the first photograph on the left you can see the unrestored dial and the photograph on the right you can see the dial after restoration work, these early clocks only had one hand
A rather damaged eight-day dial with moon phases, before and after restoration.
More Before and After Examples of our Clock Dial Restoration Work
The above longcase dial on the left was extremely damaged and rusty, and was originally painted in what we call a provincial naive style. This has been skillfully revived using ultraviolet light to view the original art underneath. The first picture shows the dial before, and the second picture shows the dial after repair using gold under the artwork as is with the original design.
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