The World War Dough Boy is a cast bronze sculpture that was in severe condition due to the use of iron elements to anchor the statue and plaque. The mild steel or iron anchor system caused electrolysis creating corrision of unlike materials. Notice the canteen was remvoced by the the city for safe keeping
Due to sever corrosion and retained casting core the sculpture had several stress fractures. The retained investment (casting core) drew moisture into the statue and expanded during freezing temperatures. All fractures were tig welded and metal finished to match the original patina.
The anchor system was in need of a new engineered system to remove the coroded elements. Therefore the sculpture was removed from its granite pedestal to perform extensive treatment in house.
The memorial bronze plaque was restored and hot patinaed to a traditional museum rich brown tone. The letters were highlighted and a hot wax treatment performed on site after installation upon the granite pedestal. Notice our head conservator performing the hot wax treatment.
The completed World War I Dough Boy is now free of corrosion and fractures. The saber was fabricated from a bronze sheet due to a vandalized saber. The hot chemical patina was performed in house as well as the hot wax treatment. Our technician is performing the final cleanup after the installation.
The completed memorial with all bronze plaques were hot waxed on site. The Dough Boy sits in the center of Jefferson, PA and is a gathering place for many of the city events during the holidays.