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Metal Restoration

Metal Restoration

We clean and repair many items made from metals such as bronze, brass, silver, copper and steel as well as plated items in order to remove the gradual accumulation of dirt over many years. We specialise in the restoration of gilt brass or ‘Ormolu’ mounts for furniture, clocks and related interior decoration.

Whether it is just a matter of repairing a lock and key or the complete restoration of a set of 19th century gilt bronze candelabra, our work is carried out with the same attention to detail. We supply metal parts where missing and have castings made as necessary, matching colours and patination to the original items.

We also re-wire and install electrical fittings to candelabra and chandeliers where the old wiring has perished and is no longer usable.
Carving and Gilding

Carving and Gilding

As well as gilding on metal, we also carry out the art of laying gold leaf on to prepared wooden surfaces. Both oil and water gilding restoration is carried out in our workshop as well as the consolidation of the gesso layer beneath the gold. Burnishing to accentuate highlights, and toning is carried out to blend the new gold to the existing item so that a perfect match can be achieved.

Any damage to a carved surface can also be carried out using traditional tools and methods. Our craftsmen are able to restore an area where maybe a small amount of damage has occurred or completely re-carve an item due to loss or severe damage.
Marquetry and Inlay

Marquetry and Inlay

epairs to decorative surfaces such as marquetry are a regular restoration requirement in our workshop. The changes in atmospheric conditions cause timber to move in various and opposing directions and marquetry and inlay often suffer from the extremes of expansion and contraction.

Marquetry can be cut from either wood or metal as well as many other special materials such as ivory or mother of pearl. Using traditional hand tools we are able to cut new marquetry if losses have occurred or simply repair the loose or lifting areas as required. We have an extensive stock of exotic timbers from which marquetry is often cut to provide the outstanding contrasts possible when laid as one surface design.
Upholstery

Upholstery

In most cases, if a chair or settee for instance, has required any degree of restoration or has simply needed to be re-glued, then the upholstery will need to be entirely removed so that access to the frame can be achieved.

Therefore, this would be the perfect time to re-upholster using a new fabric which suits the interior decoration of your home. We carry out the entire upholstery process and can supply samples of fabrics and trimmings if you so require.
Restoration Materials

Restoration Materials

We are very fortunate to own a superb stock of restoration materials including some of the most exquisite timbers and veneers, many of which are recycled from furniture which is far beyond the point of restoration.

Over a period of many years we have searched for and obtained many timbers and veneers including rosewood, mahogany, satinwood, tulipwood, kingwood and ebony as well as many others.

We very rarely find ourselves without the appropriate materials to complete a restoration project whether the item requires constructional repair or decorative repair in the form of marquetry or inlay etc.
Clocks, Clock Cases and Musical Boxes

Clocks, Clock Cases and Musical Boxes

Our restoration team has worked on many clock cases throughout our working careers from very early Thomas Tompian and Joseph Knibb cases veneered with figured walnut, marquetry or olive oysters to the 19th century elaborately decorated ormolu clocks.

Musical box cases also appear in our workshops from time to time and having the range of timber and veneers readily available we can easily match the figured veneers where losses may have occurred.

We are not restorers of the clock movements and musical actions but work alongside specialist restorers who have a proven track record in working on the finest of pieces.
Cane and Rush Seating

Cane and Rush Seating

By its very nature, cane and rush seats are fragile and will need to be replaced from time to time. Whilst visually pleasing, it is not hardwearing and therefore when in daily use, such as with a kitchen chair, it will wear out quite quickly. We remove the old cane or rush, repair frame work if required and replace the seat using the best materials available.
Bespoke Furniture Making

Bespoke Furniture Making

Our workshop continues the age old technique of traditional hand polishing using shellac based materials. Whether it’s an 18th century antique or a replica we’ve recently made, we only finish the item with hand polishing and waxing methods.
Hand Finishing

Hand Finishing

Our workshop continues the age old technique of traditional hand polishing using shellac based materials. Whether it’s an 18th century antique or a replica we’ve recently made, we only finish the item with hand polishing and waxing methods.

The use of traditional wax polish and application procedure is the final step of the finishing process and we use best quality waxes in order to complete any restoration or making project.

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