Stringing repairs on antique boxes – 34

   Antique boxes may need stringing repairs on the lid or sides of the box. Stringing is some kind of inlaid strip which acts as a frame, within which might be a decorative banding. The stringing maybe a very thin wooden strip, or as in the pho…

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Mending Roll-Top Boxes -33

Mending roll-top boxes requires a logical approach. The box has to be carefully studied to see how it was made, in order to be able to take it apart, mend it and put it back together. This charming Scottie Dogs roll-top box was sent by a client fo…

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Writing Box Restoration – 32

  A Writing Box restoration project came into the workshop – restoration work was needed inside and out.  The velvet-like material on the slopes was worn across the hinge, which meant that the slopes were loose. The brass work…

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Small Floral Designs

If you are looking for a more vintage look these small floral designs may be appropriate. They have a regular design with fresh colours and would enhance any interior.  …

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Contemporary Designs

      We have found a new source of contemporary papers with small regular designs which are ideal for boxes. The colours and patterns can give an old box a new look for the 21st century – and restore it to use again. This could make…

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Tea Caddy Re-furbishment

    This tea caddy came into the workshop for re-furbishment.  Tea caddies can be re-furbished for a number of different purposes. Often they are relatively small boxes with locks and keys and so make good boxes to hold precious items. Th…

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Cutting Mother-of-Pearl

Cutting mother-of-pearl to decorate boxes was a skill employed by the box-makers of the 18th and 19th centuries.  Mother-of-pearl (or nacre) is a natural material produced by some molluscs, especially oysters and abalones, as an inner…

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Restore a Brass-bound Box 31

A customer asked us to restore a brass-bound box which was a large, writing box, of great sentimental value to the family. The spec was agreed as follows:
1.Secure any loose veneer and slice small section on one corner.
2.Secure all brass-wa…

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Jewellery Boxes

Many of the boxes in the Jackdaw Boxes on-line Shop would make great jewellery boxes. Many have trays, often lined with soft, Lokta papers which are ideal for items which might be fragile or likely to scratch, like jet. The boxes are vibrant a…

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Restoring a Workbox – 30

Restoring a workbox can mean a faded, battered and tired box takes on a new lease of life, and can provide a gift for a child or grandchild where they can start to collect meaningful items from their life. This workbox is fairly typical in terms…

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