It is not uncommon for our crew to wear gloves when moving difficult or large items. They help minimize friction and maximize grip so that items are transported safely. But when touching delicate items like grandfather clocks, you will notice a different type of glove being worn by our crew.
Grandfather clocks and other delicate items usually have brass details. These are the elements that require special care.
Our hands have naturally occurring oils on them. When these oils come into contact with the sensitive pieces, it can tarnish them. What was brass colored can turn chocolate brown as the chemical reaction from the oils interact with the alloy. While newer clocks typically have a protective lacquer, it is best practice to never touch these elements with bare hands.
Rubber gloves can leave a print on these items and do not offer as much of a sensitive touch. Our soft cloth white gloves are designed to inhibit the oils from interacting with the piece while maintaining a sensitive touch so that we can carefully disassemble, move, and reassemble the pieces.
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