We were delighted to be selected to restore and gild a weather vane and four clock faces situated 80 feet above the ground at the Nicholson War Memorial in Leek, Staffordshire.
The process involved preparing and repainting all of the details on the weather vane and clock faces in black (3 coats) and then gilding the faces.
Images 1 & 2 – Here is the man himself applying 23.25ct goldleaf to one of four clock faces before the clock hands were repositioned. The two outer bands were also gilded, while the numbers and seconds markings were painted black after being totally restored by ourselves.
Image 3 – Here you can see Brian and one of his team of gilders restoring the weather vane to its former glory. The work was carried out on site, approximately 40ft above the ground, working from scaffolding and underneath a PVC canopy to protect the work from the weather.
Image 4 – A close up of the completed weather vane, restored to its former glory.
Image 5 – Final Image. Beautifully restored and there to be admired for many years to come, thanks to the expertise of our highly skilled craftsmen.
It was truly a great honour to work on such a prestigious site and be responsible for bringing the clock faces and weather vane back to a superb condition.