Got this via Ebay. It came from Buenos Aires, Argentina. It arrived at the office today. Won this through a bid on 10th Sept 2011. It was shipped out on 16th Sept 2011. Today is 14th Oct 2011. That’s about a month cooped up in a box.
When I opened it today, the 4 Kings and his 4 hounds looked really battered. Fortunately, made out of pewter the material was soft and malleable enough for me to knock it back to a more decent looking shape. Pewter is a soft, malleable metal alloy traditionally composed of tin and lead.
Before…Then using a soldering iron at my workshop, I filled up a small hole at the base. Believe it was a wire hole created by the previous owner to convert it into an electrical lamp. There’s also another small hole on the body that holds the kerosene and a much bigger hole on the same base. Will probably fix both and a dent when I can find time later.
Anyway, though distorted and filled with defects, I still like what I got. There’s a lot of intricate details beside the Kings’ heads and the 4 hounds. To me, its a really nice piece of art.
Now…The holes are all patched using a combination of epoxy and soldering wire. The dent has also been made good using the elbow of a steel handle. The marks of the fillers are visible but I guess over time with oxidation the surface will turn darker to assume the usual antique look. This I believe will help in concealing the marks.
Anyway…its a joy to see it now with no holes…and no dent. Will just leave it there on my shelf at the office or I may just bring it back home….will decide later.