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Post by Pedro on Tue Feb 10, 2015 3:38 pm

this is a "pony" size glass bottom,circa 1887 American tankard which is now leaking. does anyone know who can repair this without butchering it and making it worthless?
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Post by Halfglass on Sun Feb 22, 2015 8:22 pm

Where is it leaking? Is it at the bottom seal or at the handle?.
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Post by Pedro on Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:02 pm

around the glass
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Post by tictoc on Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:39 pm

Pedro wrote:around the glass
I thought it was pewter? Where is the glass?

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Post by Pedro on Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:20 am

my op says it's"glass bottom".
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Post by Halfglass on Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:22 am

Hi Pedro,
You might try cleaning the bottom well and using some clear nail polish to re-seal the outer rim. Avery small amount painted at the line where the glass meets the pewter should do the trick, without distracting from the mug.
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Post by Pedro on Mon Feb 23, 2015 12:01 pm

gracias,i might try that. but there is a space under the pewter which i have cleaned out of a whitish powdery substance. any idea what they may have sealed it with originally,halfglass? i tried asking this on a knowledgeable antique site that i belong to on facebook but have yet to get a reply to my query there. i was thinking of epoxy which is similar to nail polish but i would like to use something 19th century authentic if possible.
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Post by Halfglass on Mon Feb 23, 2015 1:22 pm

Pedro,
It was probably sealed with Water Glass a sodium silicate sealer. Used for sealing all kinds of stuff, from car radiators to concrete.
Was a sealer way back when late 1600s to present.
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Post by Pedro on Mon Feb 23, 2015 2:16 pm

gracias again, but it sounds like a hell of a chore to make it.
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Post by Pedro on Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:38 pm

muchos muchos gracias halfglass, the nail polish worked!!!
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