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Alan Douglas



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PostSubject: Re: Antiquing a polished escutcheon   Tue Oct 19, 2010 12:39 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Antiquing a polished escutcheon   Tue Oct 19, 2010 1:58 pm

JG Jackson wrote: I believe it's due to the sulfur contained in eggs.... will also tarnish silver.

Yep. Any source of sulfurous fumes ought to work.
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PostSubject: Re: Antiquing a polished escutcheon   Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:13 pm

Reece wrote:
.....Yep. Any source of sulfurous fumes ought to work.

Don't tell my wife - she'll blame me for the tarnished silver..... she already blames me for the peeling paint.....

OTOH - send me your "shiney" escutcheons and I'll "organically patinate" them for only $15 a piece.... Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Antiquing a polished escutcheon   Tue Oct 19, 2010 3:52 pm

I STILL don't see the purpose of doing this.
I like my radios with polished wood and metal parts and looking new from the factory on the outside atleast.
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PostSubject: Re: Antiquing a polished escutcheon   Tue Oct 19, 2010 5:52 pm

Because they weren't bright brass when they were new; they were chemically antiqued. Polished brass was for fire engines, not household furniture.
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PostSubject: Re: Antiquing a polished escutcheon   Tue Oct 19, 2010 5:56 pm

smeezekitty wrote:
I STILL don't see the purpose of doing this.
I like my radios with polished wood and metal parts and looking new from the factory on the outside atleast.

Thats FINE if they came that way. But Many of them did NOT come that way. Many came with some sort of FINISH on the metal parts which was removed by some overzealous person who THOUGHT that was the way it was supposed to look. We are attempting to put it back the way it was supposed to be originally.

I wish there were some way to replicate the Finish on the 1937 and 1938 Zenith escutcheon's It is really a two color affair on the 1938 ones. The portion next to the glass being an almost black in color and the outer portion a very dark brown color. No idea how Zenith managed that one. Hate it when guys Shine them UP.

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PostSubject: Re: Antiquing a polished escutcheon   Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:47 pm

k9uwa wrote:
smeezekitty wrote:
I STILL don't see the purpose of doing this.
I like my radios with polished wood and metal parts and looking new from the factory on the outside atleast.

Thats FINE if they came that way. But Many of them did NOT come that way. Many came with some sort of FINISH on the metal parts which was removed by some overzealous person who THOUGHT that was the way it was supposed to look. We are attempting to put it back the way it was supposed to be originally.

I wish there were some way to replicate the Finish on the 1937 and 1938 Zenith escutcheon's It is really a two color affair on the 1938 ones. The portion next to the glass being an almost black in color and the outer portion a very dark brown color. No idea how Zenith managed that one. Hate it when guys Shine them UP.

John k9uwa
Embarassed I did not realize this, although it seems alittle odd . Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Antiquing a polished escutcheon   Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:18 am

Not at all. Brass was out of fashion after the 1920s. Nickel was in, if you wanted something bright. Historically, brass was a cheap substitute for gold (look up the word "brazen").
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PostSubject: Re: Antiquing a polished escutcheon   Thu Oct 21, 2010 8:58 pm

k9uwa wrote:
smeezekitty wrote:
I STILL don't see the purpose of doing this.
I like my radios with polished wood and metal parts and looking new from the factory on the outside atleast.

Thats FINE if they came that way. But Many of them did NOT come that way. Many came with some sort of FINISH on the metal parts which was removed by some overzealous person who THOUGHT that was the way it was supposed to look. We are attempting to put it back the way it was supposed to be originally.

I wish there were some way to replicate the Finish on the 1937 and 1938 Zenith escutcheon's It is really a two color affair on the 1938 ones. The portion next to the glass being an almost black in color and the outer portion a very dark brown color. No idea how Zenith managed that one. Hate it when guys Shine them UP.

John k9uwa

I couldn't agree more., When I see those Zenith escutcheon's polished I go YUCK !....

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