Would you fix the veneer on this Seth Thomas?

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  1. Rockin Ronnie

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    I bought this clock at the NAWCC convention mart in June 2019. The clock is a Seth Thomas roundtop with lyre 8-day movement + alarm. I am guessing the 1870s. The case is in exceptional condition except for a sliver of veneer missing between the 9 and 12 o'clock position on the wood dial bezel. I have done veneer repairs in the past.

    My question is, would you leave it alone or do the veneer repair? I believe it is Brazilian Rosewood and I have a small supply.

    RS round top (1).JPG RS sanded area (1).jpg RS examining movement (7).JPG
     
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    Should be an easy fix and I would certainly do it if it were my clock.
     
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    Might give it a try.
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    Yes, I'd repair it. Even an imperfect match would look better than a missing piece.
     
  5. Rockin Ronnie

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    Decided to go for it. My Brazilian Rosewood was a good match. It would never be perfect but I think it is close. Four coats of shellac (traditional 1lb cut). Here is the end result.

    Ron

    RS sanded area (2).jpg RS2 taken with Fuji (2).JPG RS taken with Fuji (2).JPG
     
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    It's too late to chime-in (pun intended) but I would also have suggested to repair it, and I will just say that one of the best features of rosewood is that the grain varies wildly and randomly, so a perfect colour match or a sudden shift in light or dark doesn't even seem that noticeable overall, as long as it's close. The repair echoes the outer band. Looks great!
     
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