Antique brass


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About replica's and forgeries


Adding silver to the brass alloy has another advantage that I want to discuss now before going further. The idea was to make a replica of an English Lantern Clock that resembles the real ones as perfect as possible. I'm aware that I'm skating on thin ice trying to do so. Many lantern clocks were counterfeited in the past and though many of them are obviously forged, some of them appear deceptively real. George White dedicates a whole chapter in his book to this tricky subject. To make it even more complicated, many original clocks have been tampered with in the remote or recent past. Some parts of original clocks got damaged and needed to be repaired or exchanged. Other parts of the clocks, like for instance the doors or the bell strap were lost at some point in history. That is why it's often difficult to tell whether a clock has been restored or forged, certainly when many parts of a clock have been altered. I don't want to make another counterfeit that is sold as a real one in future. Of course I don't know if I'm able to make such good replica that could possibly send the experts barking up the wrong tree.  But there are probably just as many malicious dealers as there are ingenuous collectors.

My own "hallmark"

That is why I'll punch my initials in each and every part of the clock to make sure that the clock is always recognizable. Furthermore, real experts in future can always detect the use of silver mixed with other modern metals in the alloy and expose that it originates from the 21st century. Using large quantities of silver as an alloy metal in antique lantern clocks really was out of the question since silver was much more expensive then as it is today.

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