Repairs to Veneer on Antique Boxes – What’s in the Workshop 1

In this area of our site you will find examples of recent work undertaken for clients, including repairs to veneer on antique boxes. You might find these examples useful in your own deliberations. All restoration work is based on a client-led specification which is arrived at either via e-mail, phone or a personal visit to our Workshop. Once the specification has been confirmed the work can be costed in terms of labour and materials. You can then decide whether or not to proceed.

Client :BW: All Contact & Communications  via Internet

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Developing a Specification:
Repairing veneer, structural work, re-cover slopes

  1. Sort out the structural needs eg. re-attach lid, check all other joints, re-attach side of slope.
  2. Repairs to veneer – you will need to realise that with such damage to the existing veneer – any patching will not match exactly but will be as good as is possible.
  3. What is the condition of all the brass-ware eg are hinges secure?
  4. What is condition of area which accepts the small brass slider to close the lower slope ?
  5. How important is it for you that any missing mother of pearl is made good – once the rest of the box is restored how significant might it be if what was missing with regard to mother of pearl remained missing – this is tricky/time-consuming work = money.
  6. Recover slopes in leather of your choice – samples can be sent.
  7. Do you envisage any paper linings for the interior ? if so samples can be sent.
  8. New baize on bottom.
  9. Gentle clean and polish / wax feed.
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Client : DW : Visit to Workshop

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Developing a Specification

1. Repairs to veneer sections both sides of lid.
2. Make good torn fabric on one partition and add mother of pearl stud for lifting.
3. Fix cloth hinge to operate lid flap.
4. Fix lid to base.
5. Try to find working key.
6. New baize to bottom of box and inset tray.
7. Complete clean and polish.

 

 Client : JB : Visit to Workshop

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 Developing a Specification

1. Repairs to veneer -Patch missing areas of veneer.
2. Make & fit new mother of pearl key hole.
3. Rebuild damage compartment area.
4. Repair damage to lock catch area.
5. New baize to bottom.
6. Line bottoms of small tray compartments – will need to know your favourite colours and could send you some samples of the hand-made papers we use.
7. Possible find a key if its important that you might like it to lock.
8. Gentle clean and polish of all.

 

Client : JM : Visit to Workshop

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Developing a Specification

1. Repairs to veneer – replace veneer to complete rear of box.
2. Secure and make good all other loose areas.
3. Fit new veneer to inside rear top edge of box.
4. Supply and fit abalone to lid where missing.
5. Re-set hinges.
6. Rebuild pen-holder and ink-well area.
7. Supply and fit new key hole surround.
8. Try to find Key.
9. Re-leather slope with reinforcing web under join – Leather already selected.
10 Line lid and internal base of main box with selected paper.
11. New baize to bottom.
12. Gentle clean, feed and polish of all surfaces.
13. Supply ink well.

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Client : PR : Visit To Workshop

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 Developing A Specification

Hi Peter – Trust your journey back to London went well and that your gifts for the confirmation day were well received – were your efforts worthwhile ? Please find below what I believe is the spec for the box you left for us to work on. Please ammend etc and if Ok then confirm. Thank you.
1.Glue damaged rear corner – repairs to veneer.
2. Redefine damaged black edging.
3. New baize to bottom.
4. Re-set hinge screws.
5. Recover slopes with leather – samples to be sent – WHAT COLOURS MIGHT YOU LIKE ?
6. Line lid with paper to complement new leather slope coverings – samples to be sent.
7. Possibly find key.
8.Sort out pen / ink well area.