The original topknot lasted two weeks, the replacement lasted a year. The first topknot replacement a year ago was on-hand from a miscasting of the original, this time I have to cast another. The new topknot will have a stainless steel pin cast inside the feather, and I will drill into the feather on the quail’s head to seat the pin in the head then weld it all in place. The foundry recommended I have the feather cast in stainless steel with long brackets protruding from the end, and that I grind back grooves into the head and weld it all in place then backfill the grooves, seating the stainless feather inside the bronze. That is a great plan, but not in the realm of my personal budget.
If the pin holds against the ensuing assault of the local juvenile community for the affront of being repaired, then my guess is they will move across the park and see if they can destroy the topknots of the paired quail. At that point I may just go cut off the topknot of the latest repair myself, for consistency.
I delivered the wax topknot to the foundry yesterday, and it should be ready to go inside a few weeks.