Frank Marshall’s Lucky Charlie Is Getting New Leather


One of the hardest and most critical parts of the restoration of an early Frank Marshall figure is the placement of the leather under the chin to hide the gap. Frank was very clever.

His gapping at the bottom side of the mouth was just a bit wider than the top and this was so that when you opened the mouth the leather would fold into the gaping. The leather can’t be glued all the way around the bottom of the palate or that would prevent the folding.







This leather is now ready to be sanded and filled with wood filler and then feathered in so it will disappear. More pictures to follow.

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3 Responses to Frank Marshall’s Lucky Charlie Is Getting New Leather

  1. Phil McConkey says:

    What kind of leather are you using Dan?

  2. Dan says:

    I am using Chamois.

  3. Great work Dan and thanks for sharing this !

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