Chrome Plating invented?

towrope

Registered User
Jun 6, 2002
39
0
0
Hi!
I believe that chromium plating as a commercially viable alternative to nickel plating came along in the 1920's.The Model T Fords used nickel plate and the later Model A's used chrome. I don't know more specific dates but I hope this helps a little.
 

gre406

Registered User
Oct 6, 2001
611
0
0
I think that 90 percent of chrome plating is nickel..The chrome is the last step to keep it shiny..At least the last time I did it 30 years ago..

Any experts out there with the "facts" :???:

Geo
 
A

anzer

Guest
According to the judging rules for the Auburn, Cord Duesenberg Club; either nickle or chrome is correct for '29 and '30 model cars, but all details must be of the same alloy on a particular car.

An old employee of the company told a group of collectors some years ago that they got paid only if they worked. So if you didn't have work in your department you went to the plating department and plated anything you could get your hands on just to be able to work and be paid. This being the situtation, produced a lot of chrome plated parts that would have otherwise been left as nickle.

Chrome parts are not accepted on cars before 1929 as far as the ACD club is concerned.

Hope this sheds a little more light on the subject.

Anzer
 

gre406

Registered User
Oct 6, 2001
611
0
0
In keeping with the theme of "clocks", were not some of the "Fancy" calendar clocks of the 1890's by Ithica & Seth Thomas with "chorme" plated movements and "see-thru" glass with silver
paint decorations ??

What were they :???:

Geo
 

John Hubby

Senior Administrator Emeritus
Staff member
NAWCC Star Fellow
NAWCC Life Member
Sep 7, 2000
12,289
224
63
The Woodlands, TX
Country
Region
The advent of chrome plating is a benchmark in dating clocks, all the shiny silver color ones before its introduction were either silver or nickel plated, with nickel being widely used since it was cheaper than silver and does not tarnixh very quickly.

Chrome plating appears to have been successfully used in 1926 on some small appliances, but general application did not follow until the late 1920's as noted for the ACD cars. Some GM models evidently had chrome fittings as early as 1927.

The first clocks known to be chrome plated were made by Kieninger & Obergfell (Kundo) in 1928, with Jarhresuhren-Fabrik (Schatz), Junghans, Kienzle, and others shortly after. From about 1929, chrome was really in vogue for Art Deco design and thousands of articles were chromed.

Chrome plating of steel first requires a layer of copper, then nickel, and finally chromium. Brass requires only the nickel and then chromium. The chrome layer is quite thin since it is brittle.

Early clocks (before 1927) such as the Ithaca's and Seth Thomas were nickel plated.

John Hubby
 

Tom McIntyre

Technical Admin
Staff member
NAWCC Star Fellow
NAWCC Ruby Member
Donor
Aug 24, 2000
83,417
1,758
176
84
Boston
awco.org
Country
Region
I tried without success to find the direct answer to this question when it first appeared. I have found a link for the history of chromium.

I think the invention of chrome plating must have been pretty gradual. Early nickel watches were first plated over brass, then solid nickel and finally at their peak bright nickel plated over nickel. The bright nickel plating is not as hard as chromium, but is nearly as bright. The Auburndale rotary watch appears to be chrome plated, but I am not certain that it is.

------------------
Tom McIntyre
NAWCC 2nd VP Candidate
Tommy the JOAT's Web
 

kvfarrell

Newbie
Nov 11, 2014
1
0
0
My great grandfather George Suman invented Chrome Plating in his garage. He worked for General Motors, and brought his invention to work to use on car bumpers. He did not get credit for the patent but does have a commemorative plaque in his name in Dayton, OH GM offices.
 
Know Your NAWCC Forums Rules!
RULES & GUIDELINES

Find member

Staff online

Forum statistics

Threads
161,013
Messages
1,396,927
Members
82,980
Latest member
Vsound
Encyclopedia Pages
1,099
Total wiki contributions
2,788
Last edit
How to wire a 24 volt secondary for a 12 volt ITR/IBM Master clock system by Toughtool