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Band Organs and Trim
This is a Wurlitzer 146-B as it appeared before restoration.
Here are two side panels; the original, de-laminated one, and the recreated new one, with the carvings from the original moved to it and painted in original colours.
You can see the layers of park paint chipped back to reveal the original colours. Some of the metallic paints had badly oxidized, probably by exposure to salt air. The original colours had been coated with a layer of aluminum paint which proved impossible to remove, so these colours were recorded and then the piece was stripped for wood restoration.
Under the white enamel and kitschy decals of swans and ponies, Pam found some badly damaged original paint. Here are two illustration panels; one before and one after the white enamel and decals had been removed. The original paint design was exposed by carefully chipping off the subsequent layers using a scalpel. Then the original layer was then sealed with a reversible varnish and recreated.
The finished corner of the center panel is finished with original colours, copper, gold, and silver powders, and glazed aluminum and gold leaf.
The finished band organ facade is ready for the mechanical musical machinery!
Here is an ornate piece of trim from a French carousel, complete with cherubs, flowers and acanthus-leaf carvings.
Painted with transparent oil paints and gilded with 23 karat gold and aluminum leaf accented with faint colour washes, the carving details seem to glow. The use of light colours and transparent paint give the piece an ethereal feel.
This re-created Wurlitzer 165 facade was carved by Bob Yorburg. The illustrations were designed and painted by Marguerite Juner from the client's own photographs. Pam Hessey designed the colour, leaf and paint on the raised carved areas surrounding the illustrations.
The intricate detail of the piece is revealed by looking at a corner of the facade.
The center of the band organ facade, showing the Wurlitzer logo, also has swell shutters, that help to modulate the volume of the music.
The entire facade, completed and ready for the snare drums to inserted into the round holes in the side panels.