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Victorian Antique Cut Glass Window for century home

Thursday, June 5th, 2014 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Beveled Glass, Etched Glass | No Comments »

The windows have been broken for years .  You can’t go to the corner hardware store to get replacement glass for your century home. Old glass is not sand blasted.  It was frosted by hand  using an abrasive and rubbing it on the glass

cut glass design

cut glass design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cut glass design  on vintage glass

cut glass design on vintage glass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cut glass win 2

cut glass window

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Victorian home was being restored and two of the window by the front door were broken .   I used  old  glass that has a wavy surface , some pits and small bubbles.   The glass lath  I used to cut the design is older than the windows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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custom beveled glass for antique barometer ,antique clock and gauges

Monday, June 2nd, 2014 Posted in All Repair Projects, Barometer Repair, Beveled Glass, Beveled glass lens | No Comments »

They sent the brass bezel from an vintage barometer for a replacement bevel glass.   The tolerances are very tight. IMG_9695 IMG_9696 IMG_9697 bar 2

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Replacement Glass for Antique Clock beveled convex with polished dimple

Friday, February 14th, 2014 Posted in All Repair Projects, Beveled Glass, Beveled glass lens, clock glass, clocks | No Comments »

The old glass was repaired so it could be use to cast a high temperature mold .  The mold and an old piece of glass went into a kiln to form a glass blank.

old broken lens  beveled and convex glass

old broken lens beveled and convex glass

 

The blank was cut to size , beveled and the dimple was ground and polished.  The dimple is use to add additional clearance for the center stem.

len 2

I hope to update the post with a picture of the restored clock. I have made many lens for old clocks but this is the first one with a additional polished bent and  dimple.

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Replacement beveled glass for antique clock

Thursday, January 17th, 2013 Posted in All Repair Projects, Beveled Glass, clock glass, clocks | No Comments »

The beveled glass from an antique clock  had many chips .  I made replacement pieces.

chipped beveled glass

 

 

Beveled Clock Glass

 

I wish I had a picture of the clock with the replacement  glass installed.

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Custom Beveled Glass Lens for antique clock

Saturday, January 12th, 2013 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Beveled Glass, Beveled glass lens, clock glass, clocks | No Comments »

A  clock shop sent me the front and back bezels from an antique clock.  They needed the beveled glass replaced. I used vintage glass.  It is very important to use antique glass when restoring a clock.  Using new glass will greatly effect the value of an antique clock.

bezel from an antique clock

 

 

Checking the bezel for size and roundness

 

The bezels look round but very rarely are .  I have  and use old glass from the period the clock was made. The equipment I use to bevel the glass is all so period.  Most of my machines I use are as old if not older than the the clocks.   The machines are run by leather belts and use lead babit bearings.  The beveling and polishing equipment  are power by electric motors not steam engines as originally.

 

Replacement Clock Glass

Note the small pitts in the glass .

 

Antique beveled glass for clock

 

Beveled glass for the back of clock

The beveled glass lenses  are made to very tight tolerances and are install in the bezel .  They are not glued in.

 

 

 

 

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Antique Carriage Clock Beveled Glass Replacement

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Beveled Glass, clock glass | No Comments »

I have made “new “old glass for hundreds of carriage clocks.  The bevels are small and come to a very sharp point on the edges .  They need to be  thin on the edge because the grove in the brass were the glass fits is very small.  I use old glass when I make replacement panels for antique clocks.  You can tell the old glass by the wavy surface and seeds (small bubbles in the glass). This glass is 100 years plus in age .  I have a stock of old ( antique )  glass I use for clocks. It helps preserve the value of the clock.

 

 

 

wavy old glass

This glass is very old and perfect for making replacement beveled glass panels for antique carriage clocks and regulators.

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Antique Glass Clock Repair Amber Pressed Glass

Friday, September 23rd, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Bent Glass, Beveled Glass, Beveled glass lens, clock glass, clocks | No Comments »

The clock on grandmas mantel fell and broke .  It was a basket case and I had no idea how many pieces were missing. I started the reassembly and hoped for the best.

Pressed Glass Clock Restoration

 

I told the customer I would do my best but it look like there were a lot of pieces missing.

 

Amber Pressed Glass Clock

Filling in were needed for missing pieces.

 

Repaired Glass Clock

 

I have repaired many types of  glass clocks most of them crystal.  This was my first antique amber glass mantel clock. I have made many kinds of custom beveled and custom bent glass for clocks.  Clock shops send the bezels to me to  install new glass.  I use old glass when necessary to maintain the value of the antique clock.

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beveled mirror for antique light

Thursday, September 15th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique lamp repair, Beveled Glass | No Comments »

This small mirror with a scalloped  edges

mirror with scalloped edges and v grooves

and satin v grooves goes to an  antique wall scone  . Sent to me from a light restoration company on the east cost , they need a duplicate mirror .

 

 

antique lamp parts

 

I was told they go in silver wall sconces .  I will post pictures of the restored lights if and when I receive them.

 

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Antique clock glass repair beveled glass in bezel

Saturday, March 26th, 2011 Posted in Beveled Glass, Beveled glass lens, clock glass, clocks | No Comments »

The antique  clock sat on  the mantel since the beginning of time . One of the kids went to wind the clock and broke the glass .   I save old glass for clocks like this.  New glass is a different color green and is very flat.  The antique glass has a yellow hue and a distorted finish.  Sometimes the antique glass  has bubbles and blisters .  This is important when it comes to the value of the clock.  An antique  clock with new glass doesn’t retain its resale price.

 

antique beveled glass clock bezel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have antique beveling machines that run on leather belts.  The same type used to make this antique beveled glass lens originally.  The fitting of the antique replacement beveled glass in the bezel  is very tricky.  The tolerances are with in thousands of an inch.  I make replacement beveled  clock glass for clock shops all over the the country  most of them in New York and LA.

 

 

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repair beveled glass lens for railroad oil lamp

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Antique lamp repair, Beveled Glass, Beveled glass lens | No Comments »

The lamp fell and two pieces of beveled  glass were broken.  The front lens was a diameter and I used a piece of old mirror because of the color. The newer glass has a very dark green color to the edge.  The antique glass has a yellow not the green edge.  I have repaired many Rail Road lights over the years. I used cast iron grinding mill to rough in the bevel.

antique mirror

antique mirror

old and new glass

old and new glass

I cut the antique glass and rough in the bevel.

Hand beveling glass

Hand beveling glass

Smoothing Stone

Smoothing Stone

oil lamp repair

oil lamp repair

Hand beveled replacement glass

side glass broken

side glass broken

New beveled lens

New beveled lens

New beveled glass side panel

New beveled glass side panel

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