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Antique Metal Conservation/Restoration

Fine metal conservation

Projects undertaken range from jewellery and small objects to sculptural and architectural ironwork. These may include: repair, gilding, cleaning, and/or applying patination and protective coatings on antique decorative arts objects including sculpture, candlesticks, lamps, silverware and furniture components;

Antique copper, brass and bronze conservation and restoration, Antique sterling silver conservation and restoration,
Antique Iron and Gilt conservation and restoration
, Chandelier repairs, Candlestick repairs,
Antique Clock restoration.

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Antique pewter and spelter conservation and restoration
A 19th century spelter figure
furniture repairs

The ormolu shepherdess had a broken arm and a missing finger.

The arm was reinforced with dowelling, filled and retouched to match the existing finish.

The new finger was created out of pewter and pinned into position, before being colour matched with the existing finish.

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A 19th century pewter candlestick
furniture repairs

This pretty pewter candlestick had been broken into two pieces, and the surface contained many dents and distortions.

The break was mended using an additional internal support, and the distortions etc. removed through gentle manipulation. The candlestick was finished to a mellow antique gleam.

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Early 20th century pewter sauceboat
     
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Both handles had detached from this lovely pewter sauceboat.

They were carefully replaced and the surface sensitively cleaned.

 

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Antique copper, brass and bronze conservation and restoration

An early 19th century copper samovar
Giltwood mirror

The samovar had suffered several dents, distortions and detachments in a fall, and the decorative relief areas were caked with cleaning product residues. The pair of ivory handles was heavily stained by metal corrosion, and one was broken.

The detached metal parts were replaced, and through careful manipulation the distorted and dented parts were straightened and reshaped. The broken ivory handle was consolidated and both handles were cleaned. The residues were removed and the decorative features were sensitively redefined with protective wax finishing products.

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A 19th century Guerbe Bronze figure
furniture repairs

The art deco bronze, attributed to Guerbe was broken into several pieces.

Each piece was pinned and adhered into position, before the surfaces were filled and colour matched with the existing finish..

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A 19th century copper alloy teapot stand
furniture repairs

This teapot stand had broken and cracked in several places, and contained several old repairs.

New pieces were created to replace parts that were too fragile to be repaired.

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Antique sterling silver conservation and restoration

Early 20th century cut glass container with a sterling silver lid

furniture repairs

The dents in the lid of this pretty container were removed using silversmithing techniques. The glass vessel was cleaned and a crack in it was consolidated..

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Antique Iron and Gilt conservation and restoration
A19th century iron brass and gilt chandelier
gilding conservation

This ironwork light had severely corroded and broken in several places. The copper alloy shades - a later modification when converted from gas – had also degraded over time.

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gilding restoration
     
 

Replacement ironwork parts were forged and welded into place, and the entire piece was treated to remove the active corrosion. The ironwork was freshly painted and the central floret gilded, as it would have been originally. The shades were treated for corrosion, repainted and lacquered.

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