Restoration?? or Trash Can

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  1. Joseph Bautsch

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    This is the end of the story on this clock. I've finally finished putting it together. I had it on the back burner for a while do to other projects that needed my attention. Can any one give me an approximate date or even name for it? Unfortunately my research library for Ansonia is limited and there is nothing like this in what I do have. Any help would be appreciated. It is an exposed brocot escapement by Ansonia. The brass polished trim strips are birds on limbs. They were painted over in black. I used steel wool and rubbed off the paint to highlight the birds and their perches and left the backfground in black. They look like parrots.

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    It looks like a new beginning to me, not the end. Fantastic job! I'll bet it feels rewarding compared to when you first opened the box, which had to be a huge let down. Now you have a nice clock and something to be proud of.

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    Great work. You have made something beautiful out of a piece of junk. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Nice work!
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    All the more impressive!

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    This looks very similar to the El Tirso model on page 340 of the Ansonia book. Book picture doesn't include the two small finials at the top, and it's not clear from the picture if the birds match, but there are figural brass strips as on your clock. Picture in the book indicates 1907. Sold for $25.50 at that time. Maybe someone else who is more familiar with Ansonia clocks can confirm.
     
  7. Joseph Bautsch

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    Thanks for the replies guys. As usual very informative and professional.
     
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    Joe I must say very nice job putting the the old girl back together. if you are interested there is a product called slate blacking. it says apply and buff to a high shine! I bought some in preparation of a repair to a french black slate clock that I had purchased. I haven't used it yet because I am still trying to find a base and top that did not come with the clock. However I have seen the results of using this product on other clocks on line and I believe it could help here is a picture

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    sorry I meant to add that I purchased the product from Time Savers
     
  10. Joseph Bautsch

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    I have seen this product before but have never used it. There is also a product called Marblack, which is essentially the same thing. All the reviews indicate a result often less than desirable. How well these products work denpends on how much oxidation and corrosion has taken place on the slate. Unfortunately the only true way to get a polish on slate is to go through the process of re-polishing the surface with the multiple grades of polishing grit. A long drawn-out process with a lot of hand work. What I did in this case was to clean off the crud and use several coats of Mothers Car Wax. Unfortunately all the stone finishes are subject to oxidation and corrosion over time. Once the polish is gone it's an uphill battle to get it back that is most often not worth the time and effort unless it is an cherished heir loom or extremely vauable clock.
     
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    I've had good results with Slate Blacking on a case with a lot of variation in shades of black/gray. I posted about it about 2 years ago. I used a damp cloth and probably 30 coats. Because the cloth was damp, it was diluted and dried very fast between coats. I did all 30 coats over the course of 2 afternoons. The results were a very uniform black as black can be color and shine. Prep was wet sand with 600 grit. It looks as good today as it did when applied.

    Disclaimer- I have no connection with Slate Blacking or its resellers.

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    Gives new meaning to the phrase, "Some assembly required."

    Great job.
     

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