Grain Painted columns on a Wood Works Case

Paul H

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Hey guys;

Take a close look at these two posted photos. I got these photos from the Clock Price Guide and Index website. These clocks are either George Marsh or Marsh Gilbert + Co 8 day wood works clocks. As I see them, they have "grain Painted Columns" even though this type of column style always has stencilling. (well, I guess almost always). The colors of the grain painting also seem to be much darker than normally seen on typical grain painted columns.

My question is, do you agree that they are grained? and

Have you ever seen first hand this type of grain painting on this type of column? and

Does anyone have a good photo of this type of graining.

Thanks
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analogtime

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These are called tortuous shell painted the are common on a lot of clocks during this era.Also some are gold guilded
 

Paul H

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I know they are also called tortoise shelled columns, but they tend to be on columns with this type of shape as shown in this photo below. The shape at the top and bottom is different than the normal stencilled columns.

http://pic.piczo.com/img/i79759494_75941.jpg
 

Jeremy Woodoff

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Paul, the columns on the clock you pictured seem narrower than the ones that are usually stenciled. The whole clock looks to be taller than most half-column (stenciled) clocks.
 

Paul H

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Jeremy;

The clocks pictured are 8 day wood works so the are a couple inches taller the the 30hr versions. However, when I look at the photo today on line, I think the pictures look stretched out a bit more than normal.

Still I feel my question is un-answered.

Sooth, thanks for the photo, but that is just a common Column + Cornice Clock.

Thanks
Paul
 

Sooth

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Paul, how is your question not answered?

-You asked if it was grain painted: no, tortoise shell.
-You asked if this technique was used on clocks like the one pictured: yes. Not all were stencilled, especially since the ones on your clock have a division in the centre. They do look to be original.
-You asked for a good picture of this tortoise shell: I posted one.
 

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A recent Bulletin had an article with the steps and techniques for doing this.

The two clocks in the original post look fine.

Ralph
 

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