Colin Irvine restores antique furniture, or any other furniture or wooden items needing repair or care.
From the simplest of repairs to a major rebuild everything is possible. Timbers to match existing can be sourced and repairs and finishes will harmonise with the original piece.

Restoration work can include brass and other metals, ivory, mother of pearl and other inlays as well as fabric work and upholstery.

0514

An ash horseshoe backed chair

The chair shown here had a severely cracked seat and all its joints were loose. It was completely disassembled, repaired and then re-assembled and finished with polyurethane lacquer.

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0509

A pair of French berger chairs in walnut.

This pair of chairs were in a poor condition with loose joints and some splitting. Frames disassembled, repaired, repolished and re-upholstered.

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0527

A Victorian walnut veneered fitted work box with mother-of-pearl inlay.

Restoration included re-hinging, veneer patching and polishing.

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0528

A Victorian rosewood box with inlaid lines and roundels.

Restoration included re-hinging and veneer repairs prior to re-polishing.

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0529

A Victorian rosewood box with mother-of-pearl inlays.

Restoration included re-hinging, veneer repairs and re-polishing.

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0530

A French mid/late 19C glove box in rosewood with brass, ivory and wood inlays.

The restoration included reinstating the drop flap, patching-in inlays and beading, re-hinging and French polishing.

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0535

A Victorian rosewood writing slope.

Mother of pearl inlay repaired, velvet surface replaced.

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0536

A 1930's partner's desk.

Restoration included the badly deteriorated drawer fronts which were re-veneered in mahogany curl.

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0539

A large studded chest of middle eastern origin.

Extensive timber repairs and replacement of the many missing brass headed upholstery studs.

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0540

A mid Victorian mahogany drop leaf gate leg table.

Disassembled, old synthetic varnish stripped, legs skim turned on lathe. Hinge fixing points pieces let-in. Refinished in melamine lacquer matt finish.

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0544

Two Danish teak chairs circa 1960.

Both chairs had broken frames. Upholstery stripped, frames dismantled, repaired, pieced in and re-assembled. Teak oil finish extended over new areas.

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0547

An early 19C writing desk. Ebonised with gold highlights.

Lower gallery repaired. Doors re-hinged. Main drawer rebuilt. Patch polishing

Writing desk Writing desk Writing desk Writing desk

0548

French style small side table in macassar ebony and tulipwood on oak. 20C reproduction.

Broken leg repaired, veneer repairs, repolish.

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0549

A small early 19C tea caddy. Mahogany over softwood.

Veneer repairs/patching, arris string patching. Repolished.

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0550

Two small table tops signed Galle.

Both tops have suffered water damage. Restoration of pictorial marquetry, repair and replacement of section of veneer.

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0551

A Victorian walnut and mahogany writing slope.

The slope's internal fittings were missing and the keyhole damaged. The keyhole was re-constructed replacing mother-of-pearl. Internal fittings (ink shelf, flaps, pen tray) rebuilt. Rehinged and salvaged lock fitted. Leather skiver fitted.

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0553

A small inlaid table top.

The inlaid foliage leaf had been water damaged. Removed and replaced with a new inlay ready for polishing.

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0556

A Victorian writing slope.

Restoration comprised veneer repairs, new hinges, re-hinging internal flaps, reworking tray, new skiver, mother of pearl inset for key hole. New key.

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0557

An oriental lacquer box

This early 20th C oriental lacquered box with brass mounts was in dire condition. The lacquer wa amost entirely absent. Brass mounts and MoP decals removed and cleaned. Re-lacquered in red.

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0559

A barrel topped inlaid box.

Inlay re-created (brass, MoP and abalone) with substantial repairs. Lacquer inside and out. Create new lift out tray, paper lined.

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0563

Galle inlaid table top and shelf.

Re-size existing top to remove edge damage, press down loose veneer, add pad and lily to mask damaged area. Shelf - add lily pad and lily.

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0564

Galle inlaid table.

Patching in plus new components in about six locations where damaged.

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0565

Tunbridgeware workbox.

An extensive restoration comprising veneer repairs including to the missing areas of wood mosaic. Constructing a new lift-out tray. New lock, re-hinging with new brass hinges. New ruched satin covered flap in the lid. Lining box and tray with marbled paper. Hessian scrim to base. French polishing.

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0567

An ivory, ebony and silver inlaid cribbage box.

Restoration included rebuilding the damaged corner of lid. Re-hinge, new lock. Piece-in ivory, ebony and silver including making new fine detail string pieces. Velvet lining to lid.

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0568

Leather covered box

The leather covering was in very poor condition following water damage. Stripped back and re-covered in goatskin leather. All existing ironmongery.

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0570

Tunbridgeware workbox.

Restore interior tray with new dividers and silver paper covering. Re-build ruched satin lid flap. Re-line with marbled paper. Strip and re-polish. New brass hinges.

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0572

Victorian rosewood box

The top of this box had warped very badly, causing a long split across the front. The lid was dismantled and rebuilt after flattening re-using the existing veneer. New mother-of-pearl roundels were made to replace those missing. New paper lining inside lid. French polished.

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0576

Victorian writing slope

A walnut writing slope with a barrel top, brass bands and borders. The slope was well worn, the skiver and flap hinges torn, the brass bands loose and the brass border missing apart from one tiny fragment. Veneer repairs, new brass border, re-fixing brass bands, re-hinging slope, re0hinging flaps and new skiver. French polish



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