Preserve or Restore a Seth Thomas Dial

Discussion in 'Reverse Glass and Dial Painting' started by JustinGr, Jul 9, 2016.

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  1. JustinGr

    JustinGr Registered User

    Jun 14, 2016
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    I have an early 1860's column 30 hour, and the dial I have is good, but has chips and scratches, but nothing obscene. So, is it more desirable to restore or preserve?

    The clock has undergone a movement repair, repaired case, and a professionally made new tablet of an original ST tablet. So it's not a untouched.

    It's not a cost thing, I'm looking for opinions on what's preferred in the collector community.
  2. WRabbit

    WRabbit Registered User
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    Jun 1, 2016
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    With dials I prefer to preserve rather than restore, unless the dial is in horrible shape. A tastefully aged dial gives a clock character, IMO.

    This yellowed French dial is curling within the inner ring, but I chose to leave it as-is after rescuing the clock from a trash heap.


    The aged dial in the rescued clock.


    Can you post a few pictures of your dial so we can give an honest opinion as to what we would do?

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