Jubilee Gates, Victoria Park, Glasgow - Nicolas Boyes Stone Conservation
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Jubilee Gates, Victoria Park, Glasgow
The Jubilee Gates at Victoria Park, Glasgow, manufactured by Walter McFarlane & Co., arguably the leading manufacturer of ornamental ironwork in Scotland, were erected in 1887 to commemorate the 50th year of Queen Victoria's reign. The conservation of the cast iron gates has been undertaken to celebrate the park's 125th anniversary. The restored colour scheme is based on the original colour scheme identified by paint sample analysis.
The gates, pillars, decorative crowns and lamps were stripped back to their raw metal, all corroded areas were treated and repairs and replacements were undertaken for the damaged and missing elements. The gates were then painted with an undercoat and the maroon topcoat. NBSC conservators undertook the gilding work which included marking out the gilding areas with masking tape, applying an undercoat of gold paint, applying the base, gold leaf and then two coats of thick varnish to protect the gold. The gates now provide a grand entrance to Victoria Park once again.
With thanks to Gary Nisbet, historian, for some of the details provided above.