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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.
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.
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.
The beveled glass from an antique clock had many chips . I made replacement pieces.
I wish I had a picture of the clock with the replacement glass installed.
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.
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.
Note the small pitts in the glass .
The beveled glass lenses are made to very tight tolerances and are install in the bezel . They are not glued in.
The Waterford Crystal clock had a very large chip in the base. I cut off the damaged base and replaced it.
The new glass base was installed and the clock was sent back . The clock movement was installed by the owner.
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.
I told the customer I would do my best but it look like there were a lot of pieces missing.
Filling in were needed for missing pieces.
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.
Replacement glass for an antique clock . We made for antique clock a cut glass jar that holds mercury . The cut crystal jar is eight sided and is two inches by three and a half inches by nine inches . When install in its metal frame it becomes the pendulum for an antique grandfather clock .
We make beveled glass from our stock of old glass having the right type of glass is very important.
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.
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.
I received part of an antique clock and it was cracked . Repairing the glass was not an option so making a replacement part was the best option. I used a crystal glass ball prism and cut it in half.
With some minor grinding and polishing the ball prism fit into the brass ring. Sent from New York City the owner of the antique glass clock was thrilled to put the clock back together.