Category Archives: conservation techniques

Textile Conservation: Victorian Tea Cosy

We have several interesting textile projects in the studio this year, and one of the most challenging is this Victorian Tea Cosy for a private client who has generously allowed the process to be shared. Today I began the excavation … Continue reading

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Horseshoe Mystery!

The subtlety of the carving detail on the legs of the carousel horses is extraordinary! Parker has cleverly placed his identifying mark, “C.W.Parker, Leavenworth, Kan,” on the bottom of most horseshoes, such as these on the extra-large horse, Terri, above. … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day

  Happy Day! Love is in the air in the stable! He’s grinning cuz he’s in need of lots of TLC and this is the place to get it! Poor stagazer is chipped and broken and oh my, he is … Continue reading

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Parker Ponies

People don’t realize how tiny the Parker ponies are; I can just about carry one under my arm! I found a good way to show you… Letting the studio cats in for a visit with Pinto Pony (he’s got the … Continue reading

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Good Monday Morning!

“Good Morning!” Yup, we talk to them, saying good morning when we come in… I’ll worry when they start talking back! Water Spirit Dappled Grey Horse from the Jantzen Beach Carousel… Did you have a favorite?     Written by … Continue reading

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Jantzen Beach Carousel Moving Day!

Note: The images all have notations if you scroll through. “Nicole, you want us to do whaaaat?” “Yes, that’s right, first, this mess has to be cleaned up!” We first arrived to assess the horses, because it starts with the … Continue reading

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Hunzinger “Lollipop” Chair

Our armchair, affectionately known as the “lollipop” chair, was made circa 1880.  George Jakob Hunzinger (born 1835 in Tuttingen, Germany), was a progressive designer out of New York who was often influenced in his designs by machinery.  This is a … Continue reading

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