Escutcheon discovery

26 Jul

There was this gas pipe underneath the old wall fixture, next to the door that is becoming a mirror, in the bathroom (who swallowed a fly). I kept forgetting to knock the old paint off it (my method for removing 140 years of paint from metal is to hit it with a hammer, then do the finer work with a chisel and razor blades). So I remembered today. I gave it a couple of good whacks and found — much to my delight — that it’s a very decorative brass fixture with a charming (though slightly dented due to method above) brass escutcheon! I’ve been trying to be as delicate as I can be (which is not very) in removing the rest of the paint. What a happy urban archeological find! Yay house!

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