Restoration Case Studies

1) Kederminster Library Restoration

Kederminster Library is a collection of 300 theological works that came to Buckinghamshire County Council in 1945, as part of a purchase of 'Green Belt' land at Langley, in South Buckinghamshire. The Library is still housed in the highly-ornate room at St Mary's Church, Langley Marish, provided by Sir John Kederminster in 1623.

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2) 18thC Cabinet

Three small 18thC components from a cabinet pediment. Each piece is approx 3 long. They are oak veneered on their concave faces, with purpleheart and ash marquetry. The one at the top right is original, the other two we have made.

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3) 18thC Tortoise Veneered Clock Case

A small 18thC tortoise veneered clock case probably for the Turkish market. These before, during and after views of this 5 tall case show a new replacement shell being prepared. The carrying handle had previously been broken and badly repaired. It is shown cut up awaiting a missing section to be fitted.

After being fully dismantled, the carcass was repaired and re-veneered, with the majority of the original tortoiseshell re-laid.

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4) 19thC Boulle Bracket Clock

A late 19thC case with red tortoiseshell. This required the gilt bronze mounts to be removed and any missing elements of marquetry to be replaced and engraved where necessary. The four shots here show the piece before restoration, then with the mounts detatched and some of the loose marquetry removed. The final views show the piece completed.

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