Author: Richard Parsons

Fine restoration and repolishing of antique and period furniture. Modern furniture repaired and refinished to showroom condition

restoration and repair

Rosewood antique Victorian chiffonier-style coal cabinet

Before and after pictures of an ornate Rosewood antique Victorian chiffonier-style coal cabinet, with damage from the sun and water. There was also structural and veneer damage. Fully restored for a customer in St Alban’s. Veneers repaired or replaced as required, stripped and French Polished ensuring good even Rosewood colour throughout. This antique Victorian chiffonier-style coal…
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Mahogany chest Restoration

Antique mahogany chest-on-chest

Large antique mahogany chest-on-chest before and after a complete restoration. Restored for a customer in Hertfordshire. Missing fretwork matched and replaced. Missing bracket feet made up and fitted. Stripped and French Polished with wax finish. Missing drop handles and escutcheons matched and replaced, remaining brasswork cleaned and repolished.  

20TH Century Walnut Table

Before and after pictures of sunbleached and water damaged early 20th-century walnut table. The blistered veneer on table top and sides were repaired. The table was fully stripped and neutralised, steamed to remove indentations, and then French Polished to achieve a colour match with undamaged middle leaf. Finally dulled down and waxed.

mahogany cabinet

Antique mahogany cabinet

Antique serpentine-fronted mahogany cabinet. Treated for woodworm. Fully repaired, including rebuilding rotten feet and repairing shrinkage splits to doors and relaying all blistered veneer work. Missing veneers matched and replaced. Stripped and completely repolished.

Antique work box

Antique work box

Antique satinwood work box inlaid with boxwood, rosewood etc. Shrinkage splits on the top, front and sides fully repaired. Veneers repaired all round, particularly boxwood lines and chevron cross-bandings. Prepared and French Polished with wax finish.

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Antique mahogany bureau

Antique inlaid mahogany roll-top bureau. Sliding mechanism completely repaired. Missing and blistered veneer work and missing mouldings matched and repaired. Washed back and sympathetically repolished. Poor quality Edwardian plate handles and escutcheons replaced with good quality Georgian cast copies.

antique funeral cart

Antique Oak Funeral Cart

Rebuilt and fully restored antique oak Funeral Cart with ash wheels. The antique funeral cart was badly damaged by woodworm and rotten timber. Damage was removed matched and replaced. Then the woodwork fully stripped and refinished. Followed by restoration of the Ironwork and a new coat of paint. Vulcanised rubber tyres where formed and replaced. History This kind…
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Piano casework Restoration

Arts and Crafts style piano

Fully restored Eavestaff ‘Mini-Grand’ Arts and Crafts style piano. Mouldings repaired and replaced where missing. Split panels repaired. Casework completely stripped down, limed and colour-washed to match original finish, and fully repolished. Details on mouldings and panelled scenes, which were largely missing, were researched and completely repainted to match original.   Complete Piano casework restoration…
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Piano Restoration Hertfordshire

Bechstein Grand piano

Grand Piano Restoration for a customer in Hertfordshire. Rare Satinwood Bechstein Grand piano (circa 1905) with matching piano stool. After a complete restoration and re-upholstered in Bechstein blue fabric. Damp storage conditions led to substantial water damage, which required extensive re-veneering and marquetry on all leg sections and around the piano body to match the…
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