Eagle as found10/9/2012 12:53:12 PM
| The Egyptian House in Penzance had been erroneously classified as Coade Stone; in fact the sculptural elements were found to be crudely modelled Roman Cement.
The eagle was in a deplorable condition, having been childishly repaired and remodelled it presented an ugly picture - it was also falling to bits due to rusting pins and badly made materials.
A decision was made to remake it in the style of the original shown in early photographs.
Chris produced a maquette that was photographed with the same shading as the early picture for comparison, and the go-ahead was given to make a full size replacement.
Modelled in five sections, moulds were taken and then cast using a quick setting natural cement [the same material as the original] with a lightweight clay ball aggregate - to reduce weight and increase longevity.
Fixed in place using high-grade stainless steel, joints were filled with the same mix and after drying it will be painted in the same colours as the original.