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Italian Secretary

Restoration, re-veneering and French polish
 
This an example of some in depth restoration of a turn of the Century Italian Secretary
 

 
 

View 1
This little Italian secretary was mold ridden, tarnished, unglued, missing both veneer and an interior bottom. 






 

   
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  View 2
The ormolu was nearly black from years of humidity in the tropics of Brazil. 







 
   
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  View 3
This shows what a difference highlighted brass ormolu can make. 





 

   
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  View 4
This is the lid of the secretary with missing and bubbled veneer and discoloration.







 
   
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  View 5
Here we are replacing Rosewood veneer at the top right corner of the lid.







 
   
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  View 6
Here the veneer is carved into place and ready for polishing.







 
   
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View 7
This is veneer being replaced at the rear of the secretary. 
 




 

   
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  View 8
This is more veneer being replaced on the top right of the secretary. 






 
   
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  View 9
This shows missing veneer on the side of the secretary. 






 
   
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  View 10
This shows missing and bubbled veneer on the lid of the secretary.






 
   
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  View 11
This view gives a sense of the overall pre-restored condition of the secretary . 






 
   
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  View 12
Here we are clamping and gluing the loose joints.  The drawers had become unglued. 










 
   
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View 13
This is a view of the interior drawer cases being clamped up. 



 


 

   
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  View 14
This is a new bottom which was missing altogether due to worm damage.  The bottom is made of solid book matched walnut. 
 





 
   
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  View 15
These are some of the finished shots of the secretary. 








 
   
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  View 16
This is a shot from the rear of the secretary.







 

   
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  View 17
This is a front view looking down. 









 
   
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  View 18
This is a nice side angel view. 


 






 


 

   
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