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I found this speaker in the 1960s in the basement of an old radio shop in Uniontown, PA. The horn was found placed upside down on the damp concrete floor. Its made of paper mache and been in that position so long, the the material had softened and flattened out as you can see in the bottom left photo. The painted finish was gone as well. The driver base was found on a nearby shelf and fortunately had not suffered much at all.
So how to restore this (as I was basically) a beginner in restoring such things. The first thought (after determining what it was made of) was to cut off the flattened area and replace it by using paper mache by reforming the removed section . Then it hit me, try softening up the crushed area and re-shape it. So I placed it upside-down on some damp cloths that I kept damp until it became pliable, then I reshaped it. In the process it split it near the top center, I guess I was impatient and didn't let it get soft enough. I found a paper a mache mix at the local craft store and used it to fill the split area. After some touch-up detailing and a paint job I had it looking like it should.
Years later I learned that my paint job was not quite correct, the original finish had some gray color added to resemble moss on a tree trunk. I often thought of e-doing it but decided that I like it as is.
The Speaker shown on this page is not for sale.