We have just completed restoration of another Georgian antique bureau. This included repair of veneer and beadings, restoration of the carcass, re-seating of the brass hinges, replacement of the drawer runners (or glides). The feet were so infested with woodworm that they had to be removed and templates so that new ones could be remade from reclaimed timber of a similar species and period.
Brass Handles Repairs: A piece recently came into the workshop with badly damaged brass handles and large portions missing completely. Will manufactured replacement pieces by hand with just a fret saw and silver-soldered on the replacement parts so well no-one in the workshop could tell the difference between the original handle and the repaired one!
Will has also been very busy cleaning and restoring a large consignment of smoke, fire and water damaged antique furniture this month.
Meanwhile Simon himself has been 'out on the water' in Weymouth french polishing the interiors of a number of luxury cruising yachts using the Gilboy's heat-resistant melanin lacquer.
We have been asked by Dartington Hall Trust to restore a number of their late Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco period furniture. Our master restorers Will and Darren have just completed restoring a wonderful Edwardian two-seater sofa. It was completely stripped with the frame repaired and traditionally re-upholstered with a beautiful period fabric.
Nick our �number two� antique restorer has been employed by Dartington Antiques to restore an antique early Victorian Partners desk. Made from solid oak with fantastic quarter sawn drawer faces, Nick has carried out a superb job on this antique 18 Drawer desk including inlaying a very large leather hide on the desk top, and ensuring all the brass locks are working.
A more varied month: A Totnes client called in to our workshops with a large cardboard box which he hoped contained an antique Rosewood Chinese cabinet.. After many hours of piecing it together, which felt similar to building a giant jigsaw puzzle, we discovered there was two antique furniture items in the box! As you can see from the images it turned out to be an antique Chinese cabinet and an antique Chinese coffee table!!
Also restored this month for dartington Antiques: an antique Edwardian inlaid desk & a set of Hepplewhite mahogany dining chairs.
Piano�s are this months favoured antique. William and myself have carried out restoration work on a 1970�s rosewood Steinway grand piano and 1910 Bechstein ebonised grand piano. If we can we will always endeavour to repair small marks and veneer repairs without removing the piano.
For the marjority of this month we have been restoring and French Polishing antique dining chairs. Kingsbridge and Totnes have been the main areas who have suffered the most. Weak, loose joints that have been neglected for too long have finally given up.
Darren, our traditional upholsterer has been employing his skills on re-covering drop-in seats and complete restoration of an antique Victorian walnut Gentleman's chair.
1st February 2010
This early Victorian mahogany chest of drawers had been well used over the years and the owners of this beautiful piece of antique furniture requested that our restorers bring back that 'well cared for' condition.
21st January 2010
This sadly neglected and well used victorian open-arm chair was given to us to restore and re-upholster by the well-known Ashton House Design. It now provides guests of the Thurlestone Hotel a comfortable seat in the drawing room.
20th December 2009
A long time had passed since this antique Davenport had any furniture wax lovingly applied. Belonging to the same family for many years and sadly suffering from prolonged water damage. We were asked by the owner to restore it to as good a condition as possible. Hopefully as you can see we achieved this after many days of work, including the hand carving of the fretwork gallery.
18th November 2009
Will our main restorer, Is seen here repairing a Regency Supper Table. The leg of which had split down its length where it was originally joined. The ebony stringing will be replaced where it will also be French Polished and waxed to finish.
30th October 2009
Prior to being French Polished for a customer in the South Hams area of South Devon, this Victorian mahogany chest of drawers was in need of an injection of hot animal glue under the veneered top. With the use of a veneer hammer to spread the hot glue around, our restorer ensured the once loose & lifting veneer was reunited after 24 hours of pressure under a heavy weight.
21st October 2009
Antique furniture being repaired in the workshop at this time: A painted oak Partners Desk - A Victorian Mahogany Dining table - A George III Sideboard - 2 Rosewood Sofa Tables - A camphorwood Chest - A variety of Antique Chairs - A cricket Table - 1 Davenport - A Twin Pedestal Desk and a Victorian Walnut Bookcase
14th October 2009
French Polished antique dining table and completed full antique restoration on twin pedestal desk.
6th October 2009
On-site today deep in the South Hams at the Burgh Island Hotel, providing French Polishing repairs to the white piano.
2nd October 2009
Collected a secretaire drawer section from an antique campaign chest in Stokenham, South Devon. It requires antique restoration to the face after being accidentally dropped by removal men.
16th September 2009
On-site assessment of antique furniture across the South Hams area; A mahogany sideboard in Galmpton, Salcombe and a antique dining table in Thurleston, South Devon.
11th September 2009
Brigitte collected chairs from us to be professionally re-caned. One of two antique Davenports were under restoration in the workshop and Darren was upholstering one of two antique bedroom chairs.
2nd September 2009
On-site in Sidmouth, South Devon today French Polishing a mahogany handrail which I then lightly distressed to look aged with a wax finish.
1st September 2009
Approached by Channel 4 today for possible inclusion on Kirsty�s Home-Made Home for the second Series in 2010.. Best go on a diet then!
17th August 2009
Took delivery of an antique Regency mahogany writing slope today. Requiring repair work to the hinges, secret drawer and new leather skiver.
7th August 2009
Collected a 17th Century antique oak coffer from Torquay, South Devon. Requires a considerable amount of woodworm treatment and conservation repair work.
29th July 2009
Received a modern oak dining table from Paignton, South Devon that needs to be wax finished after a water spillage bleached the surface.
23rd July 2009
We returned an antique George III Bureau to London today after being completely restored, French Polished and wax finished in our workshop.
14th July 2009
Darren, our upholsterer has completed the re-upholstery of a 3 piece suite that will be delivered to Sidmouth, South Devon.
6th July 2009
A beautiful sunny day here in the South Hams. Will repaired and re-gilded an antique regency picture frame, we also stripped some severely flood damaged wood furniture and revived the polish on a small antique chest of drawers.
24th June 2009
A complete set of 8 antique dining chairs were carefully taken apart for repair. Their joints were cleaned and prepared ready to be clamped and glued tomorrow.
9th June 2009
Collected an antique extending dining table and sideboard from Exeter, Devon to be stripped and polished after years of use and the children have now grown-up.
1st June 2009
Big delivery to Weymouth, Dorset today of 15 items of restored and French Polished antique furniture that was water damaged from a leaking roof - hopefully we will return them to a dry house!
18th May 2009
Collected an antique grandfather clock movement from Simon Coulton the horologist in South Brent, Devon. Will spent the majority of the day fitting this movement, ensuring the face and movement were positioned precisely.
5th May 2009
On-site today at a riverside property in the South Hams French Polishing a mahogany handrail.
10th April 2009
Received an oak utilitarian dining table from Poundgsate, on Devon's own Dartmoor. Built by a close family member around the time of the second world war. It is to be repaired and re-polished.
13th March 2009
Restored and French Polished this flood damaged antique regency table.