Damaged Enamel Dials

A damaged dial not only detracts from the appearance of the clock or watch, but can also devalue the item.

Unfortunately, vitreous enamel dials cannot be restored by simply filling the cracks and chips with more vitreous enamel. The dials which we restore are, in some cases, hundreds of years old. The vitreous enamel used in the present day has a very low lead content and differs considerably from the old enamels.

Some enamels used then were soft whilst others were hard. All were fired at differing temperatures. Various enamels were Continental and some were English and it is difficult to identify the type of enamel used. In addition, the enamel of years ago contained a large amount of lead which gave the dials a very shiny surface and appearance.