J.C. Deagan was a company that made all sorts of interesting and unique percussion instruments, including orchestral chimes, orchestra bells, marimbas, vibraphones, xylophones, tuned cowbells and the like. But they also made all kinds of chimes for everyday household and commercial use.
I purchased my set of dinner chimes on eBay for a very reasonable price because it was rather obvious this instrument was in desperate need of restoration. That is exactly what drew my attention to it, because I enjoy repairing and revitalizing old antique percussion instruments.
In addition to overall wear, chipping and deterioration, all the metal was a bit oxidized and all the cords and rubber washers supporting the chime bars were rotting and disintegrating. All this would have to be replaced.
Here is what everything looked like when I got it all disassembled:
And after I worked my magic and gave this old instrument a little love and attention, here is the final result: