Circa 1700 fusee leather case repair

Discussion in 'European & Other Pocket Watches' started by Fusee fan, Dec 13, 2007.

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  1. Fusee fan

    Fusee fan Guest

    I have a circa 1700 George Ethrington, London watch in a leather covered case. The leather has been re-done at some point in the distant past with a simple (now cracking and curling) heavy black leather. I would love to get this re-done in something a bit more authentic for the time period in which it was made (something remotely resembling a shagreen texture perhaps). I have looked in the mart, magazines and such but have not found anybody out there offering such a service (I asked one friend who has been playing with fusees a lot longer than me and he said "good luck", but I figured I would ask anyway). Any help or leads would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. haneyk

    haneyk Registered User

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    You would probably have the most sucess by seeking out a leather worker, not a watchmaker. Just a suggestion...
     
  3. Fusee fan

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    Thanks for that note! For some reason I had never considered that option. I will look into it (we have a fair number of leather workers around here.
     
  4. Ansomnia

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    Sorry I have not checked this for the past few days, I have fallen quite ill and have not been up to keeping up on things. I want to sincerely say THANK YOU to Ansomnia. The contact you gave me is invaluable. We do have plenty of good leather workers here, but I doubt that any would have much else than the usual cow hide and such. I now can get the supplies myself. I will start on it tommorrow. Thanks again!
     
  6. Ansomnia

    Ansomnia Registered User

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    Fusee fan, I'm sorry to hear you've been very ill. I trust you are now feeling better and hopefully recovering fully.

    I hope the link I provided will help a bit in your search for the proper shagreen material. I imagine there will be other issues to sort out along the way. It will be nice to see the results when you complete your restorations.

    Good luck and Merry Christmas! :thumb:


    Michael
     

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