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Case Gin Repair

otto

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Sep 11, 2019
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I'm not sure if this can be done ,but I would like to repair this Case Gin. I think it is rather old being footed and having a polished pontil. I would apricate any leads to someone with the expertise to fix this. Thanks
 

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Harry Pristis

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Jul 24, 2003
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Northcentral Florida


Art glass may have a ground pontil scar, but not utility bottles like this one.

Repairs like this would require might be done with casting resin or colorless 5-minute epoxy. You can try to match the glass color using dry powder pigment or scrapings from an art crayon (not the wax) -- visit an art supply store for these.

Build a dam with modelling clay. Fill with resin. Remove the dam while the resin is not totally cured (stlll slightly pliable), and use your Xacto knife to trim excess resin (gently, till the patch is close to what you want). Let the resin cure, then sand the patch to match the lip. Once you have a good match, you can apply a thin coat of resin (don't bother to tint this coat) to the sanded surface to restore gloss. The gloss coat may cover minor carving errors.

If you're not happy with the results, the cured resin is not difficult to remove. Snap the patch off and start over. Let us know how it goes, even if it goes poorly.


 

nhpharm

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Apr 24, 2007
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Is the bottle special to you in some way? Otherwise honestly it is a lot of work for a bottle that is worth less than $10 and dates to the 1880's.
 

Harry Pristis

Well-Known Member
Jul 24, 2003
909
16
Northcentral Florida

Nhpharm gives pragmatic advice. I assumed that otto has some personal reason to want to restore the lip.

This is a late bottle, much later than the era of pontil scars. The bottoms of such bottles often have enigmatic mold marks, but these are not pontil scars or ground pontil scars. Though late, these hand-finished bottles may have lots of character.

case_gin_bubbles.jpg casegincoral_LG_D.JPG caseginLip4.jpg
 

otto

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Sep 11, 2019
65
6
New York
Thanks Harry and Nhpharm for the suggestions and advice and yes the bottle has a Story. I'll keep you posted as to how it turns out.
 

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