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Patina has two distinct meanings. The tarnish on copper and copper alloys, and the smooth wear and surface finish from years of handling that you find on things like wood and stone.Seems like the chips would be coincidental in being similar...doubt it's by design. The chips are just another sign of patina.
So having a chip in the edge of the dome doesn't reflect wear due to handling? I'm not really trying to argue one way or the other...that's just my perspective. I see the chips as a way of indicating that it is an older style dome. Very few of them survive and those that do tend to have some kind of imperfection in the edge.Edit> If you look up the etymology it comes from the name of a shallow dish, which reflects its use as a name for wear from decades ot centuries of handling.
true, but hopefully we can agree it doesn't mean chips in the glass.It seems ‘patina’ is one of those words that gets attached to different specific meaning depending on which group is using it. In bronze class, artists is the best general term I can think of for the group, the result of applying chemicals to our sculpture (patination) was called ‘patina’. Not by us, but by our instructor, Rowland Cheney. In the world of horology, it has the same general meaning, but not exactly the same, which is what confused me. Appreciate your explanation.
knocked about a lot isn't the same as patina. If you read auction descriptions they often mention condition consistent with age and use, they will less often discuss patina. Patina is a marketable quality.Sorry I hit a nerve! I guess I don't have such a specific definition of patina. To me, patina means something shows its age. I have several older motorcycles that display a lot of "patina". They have rust, chipped paint, botched pin stripes on a fender, dents, etc. To me that just shows they've been around the block a time or two. YMMV.