A touch of gold.
A customer brought in a very nice Midland Gun Company side lock ejector for some servicing and to have the stock re-finished. As we were doing the pre-service inspection we noticed that some of the gold from the cocking indicators was missing. Not a major fault, but it detracted from the fine look of the gun. Our client asked us if we could repair this.
First the remains of the old gold were removed and the resulting vacant slot was recut ready to accept new gold wire. Below we see the 9 carrot gold wire being tapped into place. The slot is an undercut dovetail shape, and tapping the gold wire lightly with a hammer forces the gold to spread into the dovetail, keying it into place.
Looking good, but something still isn't right. Ah, yes. The engraved border bracketing the cocking indicator has disappeared.
I am no engraver, but I can manage to cut a straight line, and that is all that's required here.
The finished job, gold inlayed, indicator border recut, and all reassembled.