Our restoration process covers many different areas. Firstly we always check the overall structure of the desk or table. The structure is then re-built if required using exactly the same techniques as were used originally, this requires the skills of a professional cabinet maker. We then address any issues surrounding the fittings or attachments, handles, locks, wheeled castors etc and replace or re-make as necessary. (e.g. re-making any missing turned wooden handles). We also cut keys to fit the original locks. The next step is to address the appearance of the desk or table. Any loose veneers are replaced or fixed, any scratches or dents addressed and the whole desk or table is coloured and hand waxed polished or french polished as necessary.
The final step is the fitting of a new leather writing surface (where appropriate) or the renovation of an existing leather top. Where possible we always try to retain the existing leather and re-wax to give it many years more life. If a new leather is to be fitted then we try to keep the same colour and style as the original, or alternatively, work with our Client to fit a leather that meets their requirements for colour and style. All our new leathers are hand dyed and hand tooled by our professional restorers.
Our overall aim in restoration is to retain as much originality as possible while producing a final product that is literally as good as new and ready for many years more service.
In addition to the restoration of antique desks and writing tables we also restore (and re-upholster) antique desk chairs and antique library chairs.
Examples of our antique desk restoration service can be seen on our Restoration page on our website - this also shows "before" and "after" photographs of various desks and tables.
As always our full stock of finely restored antique desks, tables and chairs for sale can been seen on the Antiquedesks.net stock page