That is what I was wondering about. But it is also a Transitional, and I know them very well. It has the floral engraving, but they did not come with silver plated bells. So that is making me wonder as well. The silver on the inside of the bell is not faded gold that has worn off to reveal silver, at least not by the looks of it.
Agreed. I do the same here quite a bit. You and I use the same procedures to acquire this. But as I said, it is hard to tell from the pics about the gold. If you or I had it in hand, we could tell the difference in the satin and the gold!
The reason I think the keys are lacquered is that the pearls are amber tinted. When I relacquer using tinted lacquer the pearls look exactly like that, except that I don't leave them that way. I strip this excess lacquer overspray from the pearls themselves after it dries.
The keywork may in fact be gold plated too, but it seems strange that one would gold plate and then lacquer over the top of it.
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