Some Before & Afters.........



Wooden Indian Polychrome Sculpture, 1880's, Attributed to Samuel


 Robb

Wooden Cigar Store Indian; 
1880 attributed to Samuel Robb


Pre-Treatment

Photos show a severely deteriorated  surface, heavy splits and old repairs

Pre-Treatment

The existing surface is not the original paint.


Pre-Treatment

The base was split in two and very unstable.

During-Treatment

Old fill material was removed revealing the splittings extent.

During-Treatment

Cleaning and partial over-paint was removed to reveal the historic detail.

During-Treatment

With the original surface exposed, the large splits were filled with balsa wood to allow for expansion/contraction. 

During-Treatment

The base was stabilized, wood (basswood) was added to compensation the loss.

During-Treatment

More over-paint removal exposed old repairs.


During-Treatment

With the new fill materials leveled, they were in-painted to blend with the surrounding areas. 

Post-Treatment

The original surface had a barrier coat of B-72 applied before the additional of new colors.

Post-Treatment

With a number of the original color were sensitive to different solvents, so a final coat of matte Soluvar was applied

Post-Treatment





Mid 19thC Leather covered wooden trunk

Mid 19thC leather covered wooden trunk.  Mylar holds all of the loose leather.


Pre-Treament

Extent of loose leather and losses are extensive. Repairs will include broken hinges and other hardware.

Pre-Treatment

View of the front exhibiting the large leather losses.



Pre-Treament

The first step was to secure all of the loose, existing leather using BEVA gel.


During-Treatment

View of top showing severe leather deterioration and loss.



During-Treatment

Same view of top with loss compensated with new leather treated to age.  Now cleaned and waxed.

During-Treatemnt

Front view showing all losses compensated, cleaned and waxed.

Post-Treatment

Rear view showing same.



Post-Treatment

Top View.



Post-Treatment





Western Electric Mechanical Television, 1927


Early TV with deteriorated original coating and unstable frame.  Screen is 6 inches across

Pre-Treatment


Detail of surface damage.



Pre-Treatment


Rear view of mechanical workings. 


Pre-Treatment

The unstable frame was secured with 251 gram hide glue




During-Treatment

Detail showing elements removed for coating treatment.




During-Treatment

Original surface coating cleaned and then re-saturated (left) with acetone to clarify the deteriorated early lacquer. 


During-Treatment

With the frame secure and the coating leaned and solvent treated, the TV is ready for display.

Post-Treatment

Detail of front with external elements cleaned and re-attached.


Post-Treatment

Review of mechanical arts cleaned and corrosion stabilized.


Post-Treatment