Lots of new techniques for me, and I could not have finished without all your help. This piece was ready for the trash can. I could barely see some gold paint on one of the the side arms-cast hanging from the mid section of round clock. Mercury had virtually no paint, and the paint it did have was easily scratched off with your fingernail. One of the attached pictures is typical of what all the ornamentation looked like. After sand blasting the entire thing, powder coating was next. The only piece not original is the top finial - that melted in the oven curing the paint. It is made of solder! The finished clock, keeping good time and strike. Now should I find a new dial or leave well enough alone.