206-337-2020 in Seattle
Old Schwamb Mill,
Beards, Portland, Ore.
Desk Top Convex Oval
206-337-2020 in Seattle
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Convex Oval Pictures can be Restored:
Made from 1882 to 1937, convex ovals have herringbone or turtle framing with bubble glass.
Damaged from moisture, they crack, fade, mildew, mold and age spots are seen throughout.
Its image can be dull due to its dust at its top of the convex glass. You may need to clean it.
The eyes in these pictures move to your motion due to its convex shaped glass and thickness.
PixSavers is a professional photograph service that bonds with fine quality oval photo artistry.
If you have an oval that needs repair, whether flat, round or convex, our technicians will fix it.
Measuring these pictures can be redundant with its common size close to 11 x 21 or 13 x 22.
Dish depth sizes range from 3/4 to 1.25 inches. Seldom we found a length of 27 inches long.
Fewer wider oval photographs were only 15 inches with a shallow dish lesser than 3/4 inch.
Bubble Glass Replacement
Bubble glass can be replaced, however, the convex glass is durable, thick tempered glass.
Like your photograph,the glass is a common size. If you need a replacement, there are a few manufacturers that have
glass in Oregon and companies carry them in the East. Call for those companies. Include insurance when shipping.
Our Own Oval Photo Technique
We encourage you to trust our knowledge of restoring a convex oval, as we stake our reputation and 107 oval pictures.
As we specialize in the photo restoration service, we have our own fine methods of restoring oval convex photographs.
For now, it's our secret that we have a keen way to remake a convex shaped oval after we have completely restored it.
Getting Your Convex-Oval to us for Restoration
f you want the photo restored, you need to bring to us. You may need to remove the picture. For later archival, read below.
Anyone that has one of these convex images behind glass knows how difficult it can be to scan. We’ll do that for you as we
have the size of scanner for these photos. We don’t need to digitally stitch them together with software.
If there is moisture seen through the glass, don’t be hasty about removing the photo from the glass as it could be stuck to
the glass if there is moisture present. This could cause damage beyond repair so be careful with it. If the picture is brittle,
the picture can break. When we handle oval convex originals, we are feather-handed careful.
As for the original, the original needs to be preserved in an archival manner. Duplicating and restoring the original is best
and then archive the original. If the frame is in poor condition I would suggest that you take the framed photograph to a
reputable framing shop and ask them if they can archival-repair the frame. As for the backing-paper, that is a moisture
barrier paper pasted on ands you can remove that to remove the photo from the frame. When you return the photo to the
frame, any frame shop can paste another backing-paper onto the frame in 5 minutes. Once the frame and backing are
stable, then it is best to store the framed photo in an archival box surrounded by archival tissue paper so it won't move
around in the box.
History of the Original Oval Picture, its Materials, Attempts to Duplicate
Companies claiming to completely remake or duplicate exactly the original convex materials
including its photo, cannot do it. The original convex materials can't be found anywhere today.
We completely researched attempts to duplicate its original ancient convex method of shape.
We can tell you how in 2013, photographers attempted to reproduce an original convex mold
as they did not utilize original materials but tried utilizing the glass as their mold, then failed.
No matter how our inventors try, the process cannot be duplicated nor can a convex shaped picture stay to its shape.
We just do not have its original material. The original convex in late 1700 was originally cast in middle age England.
From a slump and hump mold, the process was called Cuir Bouilli, also called Saxon, utilizing a leather compound.
The process of utilizing leather is complex, involves lots of heat, and cannot be done with any of todays materials.
Also, leather makers disagree with its process, refusing to believe it can be done. Leather never took much heat.
The reason the convex ovals were discontinued in 1938 was that the original material used to shape the bowl made
of leather, was covered with an extremely hot glued butyl rubber seal, and when slightly cooled, it shaped a convex
canvass into the bowl which was not made of paper, and not very fire proof but did shape the canvass into the bowl.
The long process was deemed as dangerous as modern fire departments legally banned its process by 1938.
The original canvass print came from a new fangled machine of the ages which was rejected from its first printing.
The mimeograph, invented in 1887 was their printing machine that printed oval black and white copies of tintypes.
Artists, the term which photographers preferred, utilized paints and charcoal made them better - they wouldn't sell.
People in that era of the 1800's to 1900's rejected the mimeograph machine knowing it was only a tintypes copier.
Later on, cabinet cards came out of the mimeograph, and again those were rejected copies of tintype photos.
We reviewed the original English patents as being a formed formaldehyde with phenol, urea or melamine, for the
modern convex shape which was finally patented in UK 1850. Today, in accordance to its recipe, it's fool proofed.
Modern materials would suffice if anyone was ambitious to make them, but lack of interest will refuse its finance.