Any tips/ideas on conserving ivory marquetry?

WIngraham

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I just got a clock case that has ivory marquetry which has lifted in several areas, it is sticking out to the point where even dusting it would be hazardous. Does anyone know of ways to soften it and lay it back down or what would be a good approach? I am usually good with leaving well enough alone but at some point the pieces are going to come off and get lost and I wanted to prevent further damage, especially the banding. I have several loose pieces of it that were in the shipping box.
I also wanted to lightly clean it before applying some wax. If anyone has some advice on this, it would be welcome.

Thanks

Will

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Hi Sooth, thank you for the advice. I opted out of laying the loose pieces back down and just gave it a good clean and wax. While doing so, a couple pieces came off which I glued back on with natural glue like you suggested. I used rabbit skin glue that I already has prepared from another project. I think doing all of it, like you said, would be quite a task. I'll put it on the list.

The case responded very well to gojo applied by hand and carefully wiped with lint free shop rags. I put a coat of Renaissance wax on it afterwards, couldnt really buff the shine the way I wanted because I was nervous about catching some of the inlay.

I put a movement in it, that I think fits. Will continue to look for one with a slightly smaller bezel and maybe enamel dial. Turned out ok, what do you think?

Will

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