Did this 1850s Chauncey Jerome get painted

Darrmann39

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I got this metal with Mother of Pearl Chauncey Jerome its a rough one no doubt. But it looks like someone painted over it at some point but it's definitely been done a long time ago. Any ideas as of that's so and if so what it might originally have looked

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I can't really speak to whether this clock has been repainted at some point in it's life, but when chasing information about horologically-related paper-mache items, I discovered that the shell ornamentation was applied, then varnished over, followed by polishing to remove the excess varnish. (See the excerpt below for this part of the process.) Just speculating, but if the same process was used for these clock cases, what is visible on the shell ornamentation on your clock case may be residual "sloppiness" or shortcuts from the original finishing.

If your eyes haven't glazed over yet, and you want to learn more about the entire process, you can see the article in the Nov/Dec 2016 Bulletin article here Watch Holders and Litchfield Clocks: A Common Thread? (There doesn't seem to be a direct link, so you'll need to click on the 2010s-2020s link at the linked page, then scroll to the issue.)

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I can't really speak to whether this clock has been repainted at some point in it's life, but when chasing information about horologically-related paper-mache items, I discovered that the shell ornamentation was applied, then varnished over, followed by polishing to remove the excess varnish. (See the excerpt below for this part of the process.) Just speculating, but if the same process was used for these clock cases, what is visible on the shell ornamentation on your clock case may be residual "sloppiness" or shortcuts from the original finishing.

If your eyes haven't glazed over yet, and you want to learn more about the entire process, you can see the article in the Nov/Dec 2016 Bulletin article here Watch Holders and Litchfield Clocks: A Common Thread? (There doesn't seem to be a direct link, so you'll need to click on the 2010s-2020s link at the linked page, then scroll to the issue.)

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Thanks. So basically whoever was doing this case wasn't wiping off the MOP good lol. And I'm assuming the gold is missing decorative paint.
 

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Yep, maybe it was shorted on the polishing process. I can't tell from what remains whether the clock ever had any gold leafing or paint. I'm not sure all clock cases got that extra bit of attention.
 

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Yep, maybe it was shorted on the polishing process. I can't tell from what remains whether the clock ever had any gold leafing or paint. I'm not sure all clock cases got that extra bit of attention.
Seems to be left over gold on it in places

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Maybe just my eyes - I thought that was scuff marks on the case. The gold I've seen that was used to hide/camouflage the imperfections around the edge of the shell inlay is more like what we see on this paper-mache watch holder.

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