Tall Case Clock

Tall case antique clocks are some of the most attractive objects we work on. This 1800s clock was had considerable age deterioration.
The base had missing veneer and badly repaired veneer.
The hood had finish deterioration, missing veneer, and badly repaired veneer.
The door of the hood exhibited poor previous repair and finish wear and tear.
A serious wood break in the back was repaired with butterfly keys.
The waist door veneer was repaired and restored with shellac.
The waist door veneer was repaired and restored with shellac.
This is the lower half of the restore clock.
The clock took 32 hours to restore to its original condition.
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Music Box

Sometimes we are granted the delight of working on very rare and expensive antiques. This is a 1890 Swiss Music Box. Because of the historic and value of the object, the treatment protocol was a strict conservation. All treatment was documented and reversible to maintain its value.
The objects European Elm Burl wood had lost its luster, there were structural cracks in the veneer, and the hardware looked worn.
This was a substrate crack that affected the veneer structure.
All of the ebonized areas were worn and had some minor damage.
A Smithsonian Institution solvent was applied by hand to the cracks to disguise them.
Soft edging sticks were used on the worn Ebony edges to bring back color.
The Smithsonian Institution solvent was applied to the discolored Ebony to revive the sheen. The legs were then paste waxed to even out the luster.
The brass hardware was cleaned and shined with Jeweler’s Rouge.
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Lane Cedar Chest

This is the top of a lovely walnut Lane Cedar Chest. The top shows considerable wear and scratches.
The underside veneer had water damage and delaminated from the chest.
The chest color had darkened with age and obscured the beautiful wood grain. The color of the wood had become blotched.
The delaminated underside veneer was repaired, reattached, and re-colored to the bottom. The completed Lane Cedar chest turned out well
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French Polish

We have accomplished craftsmen who are expert in the 500 year old tradition of French Polishing fine antiques. This photo shows the initial process of “filling the pores” of the wood until it is glass smooth.
The process of French Polish entails rubbing in hundreds of thin coats of shellac to an ultra high sheen until the top of the furniture is so smooth it is reflective.
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Craftsmen at work

Applying B52, which is reversible for conservation purposes.

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Setting a Chair

Re-gluing chairs can be difficult. All pieces must be in line and the chair must sit precisely right. There are times when many clamps are needed for an expert repair.  No one wants a crooked chair.

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