Redrilled dials

Discussion in 'Reverse Glass and Dial Painting' started by Jim DuBois, Jan 2, 2018.

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  1. Jim DuBois

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    Often we see redrilled dials and seldom are they anything less than very obvious. So, I offer this one as it is so well done I overlooked it as being redrilled until I removed it from the clock and turned it over. I figured I would share it here as an example. This was a wonderful dial in my opinion and it is indeed a shame it has been botched up forever, but certainly well botched.....

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    It's pretty well done, but then again, as long as you can colour-match, it's fairly easy to hide flaws and repairs. They do the same every time oil paintings go for conservation work. Often large sections of a painting have been retouched and you can't even tell.
     
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    Just curious....is this a case where a UV/blacklight would reveal the patch?
     
  4. Jim DuBois

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    My light is not a very good one by current standards, but to your question Pat, I think the answer is no....

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    You'd certainly have to be looking for it - it's barely visible when enlarged and studied closely, but definitely not at first glance. Thanks for taking the time to try it and post the results.

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    Hi, All,

    To me the subject dial has had the inner ring of decoration added so as to aid in hiding the rework. It is very well done, but the decoration is, to me, by a different hand/artist.

    Now, for a question: At times I have seen dials with reworked holes so well done as to make me suspect that the holes were plugged before the dial was originally painted. Does anyone know/suspect that dials like these were produced either by a mistake in drilling or a measurement/order change before being finished and "repaired" so as to avoid re-making?

    This brings to mind the many Eli Terry and Eli Terry and Son/s dials that have after- production cutouts for the countwheel on the dial stiffener rails. There are just too many of these cut dials to be the result of later changes to make an old dial fit a particular clock. In my collecting years, I've seen so many of the Terry dials with the cut rails on the back. Could it be possible that the plugged dials could possibly be "original" in some cases?

    Food for thought.

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