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Could Somebody Please Bail Me Out?

I have some rococo backplates from a late eighteenth-century mahogany chest of drawers. The backplates incorporate an unusual blend of Gothik/Chinese strapwork with coquillage and florid elements (fig. 1). Fig. 1. Brass backplate, circa 1770. While attached to the chest, … Continue reading

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A George I Walnut Side Table – Part Six

The side table was stained and oiled in a matter of a few hours, but the cool weather slowed the drying time down considerably. We had a spell of sunny weather which heated the Tin Toolbox (my workshop) to an … Continue reading

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A pair of George II Walnut Girandoles – Part Five

The candle branches I ordered from the brass foundry on December 15th have arrived! Huzzah! Dealing with Marshall Brass is one of the most perfunctory experiences one is ever likely to encounter. Drawing blood from a stone would be a … Continue reading

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Restoration of a Mahogany Chest of Drawers

I don’t know the full circumstances behind this sorry chest of drawers other than it came in with both top drawers removed. The two drawers were so twisted they wouldn’t fit into their respective apertures in the chest – and … Continue reading

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Restoration of a Walnut Chest-on-Stand

The stand of this circa 1695 William III walnut chest on stand suffered badly from woodworm attack and general decay. On first appearances, the prospect of resurecting the stand, at least,  looked quite hopeless, but much worse looking pieces than … Continue reading

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