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Tall Case Clock Hood Restoration

Listing #2994   Listed on: 12/01/2010

Company Name: D. C. Nauman, Chairmaker & Cabinetmaker

Contact Name:   Dave Nauman
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This mahogany tall case clock came in for restoration a while back. I would guess it dates from the late 1700's-early 1800's. It's not the best made piece of it's type, probably a bargain basement clock for it's time, but it was fun to work on. Fixing the hood was the first phase, and it was in rough shape.

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The hood was falling to pieces, so the first thing done was to fix the structural problems. The cove/crown was damaged at both corners and there was missing veneer banding on the face.

 
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The banding was replaced.

 
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The damaged cove was pared back at a 45 degree miter.

 
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The cove on one side was badly damaged.

 
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The damaged cove was cut down and replaced with a blank.

 
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The new wood was shaped to match the existing profile.

 
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The corners were carved to match.

 
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The opposite side.

 
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After the repairs were done, the new wood was stained to match the old and lightly finished with shellac. then the whole piece was rubbed out with linseed oil and mineral spirits to clean it and bring back the original finish without damaging the patina.

 
Viewer Comments:


Posted By: Jim Baldwin     [12/02/2010]
The curves of the (broken)broken-pediment are very graceful in this old clock. What about the turned finial? Without it the hood is incomplete.


Posted By: Dave Nauman     [12/03/2010]
The finials were brass and will be replaced by the owner.


Posted By: Rick     [12/08/2010]
Very nice work. As good as new... maybe better.I've been told that restoration work to antiques can sometimes detract from there value. Wondering what your thoughts were on the subject.

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