I have a collection of art deco clocks that are in varying states of dis-repair. Some are in terrible shape with most of the gold plating rubbed off, and some only need to be cleaned and shined.
I would like to know how I can remove and capture the 24K gold plating from these clocks. After making any needed repairs I will then replate them using the original gold mixed with as much new gold as will be needed to restore the clocks to their original look.
Can anyone tell me how I can accomplish my goal?
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This is the celebrated Jefferson Golden Hour "Mystery Clock" (the hands seem to float in air without any connection to a motor) that is an icon of the 1950s.
This clock has a zinc base and bezel which have been plated with nickel and then overlaid with a 24k Gold finish. Dimensions are 8-7/8" high and 4-1/2" deep. The outside diameter of the dial is 7-7/16". Weight is 2.3 lbs.