What is a Black Smalt Tower Clock dial ?

This is a traditional process; the background of the dial is finished with a “black smalt”. Specifically, ground black glass is attached to the clock dial with a binder. If the dial markings and hands are finished with gold leaf, the contrast with the black can be very striking.

Photograph below of a black smalt Style 1100 design Tower Clock.

Smalted Tower Clock Dial with gold leafed dial markings mounted on a Municipal Building Tower


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