Category Archives: preservation

How to Talk to an Artisan or Contractor

*this teaching moment applies to many types of situations… nothing here intened to be derogatory — just silly sweeping generalizations and fiction!* You have a lovely valuable antique (above) worth $5000 that needs work. Here are several scenarios and what … Continue reading

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Planter’s Chair: 2, Excavation, Seat, Continued

We are properly conserving a French-made Planter’s Chair, circa 1860. (You can begin here, if you like.) We’ll follow the chair through excavation to the new show-cover. We left off in the last posting with the seat partially excavated. Removing … Continue reading

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All Hide Glues are NOT Equal

Not all commercial hide glues are equal. We want to make sure you are using the good stuff, even for a temporary repair you may want to make on your own furniture. Also, a furniture repair person may say they … Continue reading

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Lianne’s Linen Sampler Ca 1806

Lianne’s Great-great-great-GREAT grandmother, Hannah Epes, completed this sampler on June 26th, 1806, when she was 10 years old.  It came to us in the sweet old handkerchief box her grandmother kept it in, above, a keepsake. I like hearing the … Continue reading

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Texaco Fire Chief Gasoline Banner

Growing up in Southern California, the home of the automobile, I remember fondly this emblem as a kid! The Texaco Fire Chief Banner was in excellent condition, but dirty and creased. The back appeared to have been dropped into dirt, … Continue reading

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A little girl cuts doll hair and many years later…

They were found in a child’s coffin in an antique store in New Orleans! They traveled to Oregon; their new owner wanted them treated properly… The dolls have porcelain heads, arms and legs; Rhett had a broken leg that was … Continue reading

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Conservation of Mason Monterey Tinoco Bedside Stand

We were to conserve and restore a Mason Monterey side table with the charming, funny and valuable Juan Tinoco horses on the drawer front.  This is a project that included conservation/preservation (cleaning dirt and mold from the paint, and affixing … Continue reading

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