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Currently working on a carriage clock which amongst other things has needed a replacement balance jewel.  I'm beginning to reassemble, but the dial has a big issue in that it has lost 3 of its feet!  There is only one foot remaining and even that is looking like it might not stand up to too much.

What would be an acceptable repair here.  Dial spots are an option, but I'd to consider nicer alternatives.

 

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Hi  usually they are soldered on and can be re fitted the same way using a jig or dial soldering machine. But a the clearance on a clock dial is not as important as on a watch dial I think the use of copper/brass wire and rapid set epoxy will probaly do the job, Its worth a try as they can be taken off if no good If you want to solder them I have information on dial soldering if you wish to go down that route.

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You need to be extremely careful with these dials as they crack very easy. The safest way is as you have mentioned use dial spots. You could send it away to someone who specialises in this type of repair someone who enables dials. You are very lucky that the dial having 3 feet missing hasn’t cracked. Unless the feet had holes to pin them to the plate repairers would just bend the feet to secure the dial to the plate.  I see the one left has a hole for a pin.  

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Is it a copper and porcelain dial?, looks a modern dial, if porcelain, as OH said, they crack very easily..And as watchweasol said You could stick new feet on..and for added safety double sided tape like they use on Mathew Norman clock dials..Looking at the hole in the dial, you could turn down on the lathe some new feet.. It all depends on which is the best way for you to go.

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