My question has to do with clocks by Jeromes, Gilbert & Grant. I have two ogees by this firm, which only lasted two years, 1839-1840. One dial is bare zinc, no white background, with the numbers, chapter ring, etc. applied to the bare metal. The other had a paper dial pasted on, and when I removed it, it was apparent that the original dial finish had been the same as the first clock - numbers and chapter ring on bare metal. May I assume that all JG&G ogees were originally this way? Photos of other examples I have seen have bright, white background dials that appear to be too good to be original.
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