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Hi,

I am new to chapter 185 and I am told that there are some members here with an interest in verge fusee watches and projects.

I thought that the "restoration project" area would be the best place to share the details of my ongoing results in producing a set of three new gold cases from scratch to house an early George Graham verge movement.



Fuller details may be viewed on the web page which I use to record what has been done so far.
The page is rather long and has many pictures and you may click on this link to view; My gold case making project

I did not do all of this work myself and credits go to, Jason Muir - goldsmith, Dick Chapman - engraver, Geoff Thomson - shagreen work. All Australian artisans.

I would be interested in hearing from others who have an interest in this type of work, especially anyone with knowledge on making of, or supplier of, pique pins required to complete the shagreen case decoration.
Also need beetle and poker hands.

Regards,Barry Parker
 
Posts: 59 | Location: Bateau Bay NSW Australia | Registered: January 25, 2004
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Barry,
Great story and article about your project.
 
Posts: 888 | Location: Nebraska, in the U.S.A. Heartland | Registered: November 22, 2002
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Barry,

What a terrific project that you have shared with us. Thank you!
 
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Testing adding image updates on the casing project.

 
Posts: 59 | Location: Bateau Bay NSW Australia | Registered: January 25, 2004
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Back of case

 
Posts: 59 | Location: Bateau Bay NSW Australia | Registered: January 25, 2004
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pinwork close up

 
Posts: 59 | Location: Bateau Bay NSW Australia | Registered: January 25, 2004
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display case hinge

 
Posts: 59 | Location: Bateau Bay NSW Australia | Registered: January 25, 2004
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Repousse back

 
Posts: 59 | Location: Bateau Bay NSW Australia | Registered: January 25, 2004
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Repousse side

 
Posts: 59 | Location: Bateau Bay NSW Australia | Registered: January 25, 2004
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Inner case back

 
Posts: 59 | Location: Bateau Bay NSW Australia | Registered: January 25, 2004
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Inner open front

 
Posts: 59 | Location: Bateau Bay NSW Australia | Registered: January 25, 2004
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All three cases,champleve dial and beetle and poker hands are made from scratch.

The steel hand blanks turned, shaped by hand, tempered and blued.

Repousse case is cast 10K gold for tougher wearing and is engraved and chased.

Inner case, display case and champleve dial are both 18K gold.

Only the George Graham verge movement #4834 is original and it had an incorrect white enamel dial when I purchased that.

A bit heavy to carry at about 7 ounces all up.

 
Posts: 59 | Location: Bateau Bay NSW Australia | Registered: January 25, 2004
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Barry, I bow my head in amazement!

Absoloutely glorious!

Roy.

"So mote it be!
 
Posts: 463 | Location: London in the United Kingdom | Registered: January 11, 2006
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Unbelievable Talent!!!! Smile
 
Posts: 3462 | Location: Cleveland, Georgia in the U.S.A. | Registered: February 03, 2006
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Stunning! Masterly work.


Sam Williamson

 
Posts: 619 | Location: Northwestern Florida in the U.S.A. | Registered: November 27, 2002
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Barry,

Mere words cannot begin to express my appreciation for your sharing the fantastic images that depict your mastery of a nearly lost art.

You and your workmanship are amazing!

Lindell

Wink
 
Posts: 10522 | Location: Northeastern Ohio in the USA | Registered: November 19, 2002
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Just saw this post and all i can say is WOW beautiful work Barry.. Smile
 
Posts: 3204 | Location: Monticello, Kentucky U.S.A. | Registered: June 24, 2004
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I am awed mere words cannot be applied


Rich Kuhn
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Posts: 897 | Location: New Jersey in the USA | Registered: December 16, 2002
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Fantastic, Fantastic, Fantastic!!

Nice to see such a Masterpiece of times gone by and the present talent you display.

Respectfully,

Bob


Bob
 
Posts: 130 | Location: Fredericksburg, Texas U.S.A. | Registered: September 25, 2004
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WOW! Fine, fine craftmanship! Really beautiful work.
 
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