Frank B. Rhodes | FurnitureMaker Reproduction and Restoration of Traditional American Furniture Since 1983 Chestertown, Maryland | 410.778.3993

Restoration – Conservation

Often we are asked if a piece is worth restoring. We can help you decide the best course of action for your piece or even if any work should be done at all. For more about this subject see the “refinishing and repairing questions” in our FAQ section. The following photos show some very nice pieces that were brought to us for various forms of restoration-conservation.

John Wood Tall Case Clock, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Circa 1755-1790
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This beautiful clock needed loose parts re-glued using hide glue and was lightly cleaned.

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Early Canterbury

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Early Canterbury Photo

Re-glued all loose parts and touched up damaged finish areas.

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Neoclassical Empire Sofa

c. 1815-1820
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Early Sofa Photo Early Sofa Photo

Major damage on the right side which had been repaired before was repaired saving existing fabric. A new carved spiral turning was made and missing veneer replaced. Original finish was saved where possible.

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Hitchcock Chairs

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Repaired and carved various parts that were broken or missing. Touched up repaired areas to match and re-caned seats.

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Hoosier Cabinet

Early 1900’s
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Hoosier Cabinet Photos Hoosier Cabinet Photos

These cupboards were popular in the 1900’s. They got their name from the Hoosier Manufacturing Company in New Castle, Indiana. This exceptional example retained much of the original kitchen hardware. Many loose parts were repaired and missing wood replaced. Touched up worn finish.

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Queen Anne Carved Walnut Leatherback Side Chair

Boston, MA  c. 1720-1740
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Leatherback Side Chair Photos Leatherback Side Chair Photos

Tightened up loose frame using hide glue. Replaced several pieces of missing wood on turned pad foot and crest rail.

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Bartolome Esteban Murillio Painting – Beggar Boys Playing Dice

c. 1700’s
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This fine work of art fell of a wall. We commissioned a local conservator to repair the painting and we repaired the frame. We replaced missing plaster and cracked areas, carefully matching the existing color.

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Original Chippendale Carved Armchair attributed to Joseph Short

Newbury Port, MA  c. 1790
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Chippendale Carved Armchair Photo Chippendale Carved Armchair Photo

Repaired the broken pierced vase-form splat and serpentine crest using hide glue. The carved shoe was also repaired.

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Early Mirror with Carved Eagle supported by a Carved Frame with Floral Carving and Egg and Dart Molding

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Early Mirror Photo Early Mirror Photo

Carved many missing parts and re-glued all loose parts. Touched up missing finish.

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Kensington English Bracket Clock

c. Early 1800’s
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Kensington English Bracket Clock Photo Kensington English Bracket Clock Photo

– Repaired many loose parts, especially on the works door. Hide glue was used and the original finish preserved.

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Fine Early Chippendale Secretary Bookcase

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Fine Early Secretary Bookcase Photo Fine Early Secretary Bookcase Photo

Repaired drawer blades and runners and loose feet. Replaced writing deck surface.

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Federal Tambour Secretary

c. 1800
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Loose veneer was re-glued and tambour doors repaired.

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Fine William and Mary Walnut Dressing Table

New England  c. 1700-1720
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Walnut Dressing Table Photo Walnut Dressing Table Photo

This fine piece had many loose parts and structural damage. We were able to save most of the original finish. The X-stretcher had many previous repairs and the reverse curves were cracked. The vase form legs were re-glued using hide glue. The top was very damaged and butterflies were used underneath for support. Loose veneer on the carcass was re-glued.

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19th Century Knife Boxes

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19th Century Knife Boxes Photo

Missing veneer was replaced and frame repaired. Preserved original finish on the boxes.

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Baltimore Fancy Side Chair

c. 1824
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Baltimore Fancy Chair Photo

Loose frame tightened using hide glue.

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Chippendale Carved Mahogany Drop Leaf Dining Table

Boston  c. 1765
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Chippendale Carved Mahogany Drop Leaf Photo

Repaired broken leg and molding using hide glue and preserving original finish.

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Diminutive Eastlake Secretary

c. 1875
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Diminutive Eastlake Secretary Photo Diminutive Eastlake Secretary Photo

Tightened up loose frame and pigeon hole gallery, replaced inlay and felt on writing deck.

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Eames Lounge Chair

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Eames Lounge Chair Photo

Re-glued various broken parts of this nice lounge chair.

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Early Tiger Maple Chippendale Desk

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Early Tiger Maple Chippendale Desk Photo Early Tiger Maple Chippendale Desk Photo

Repaired drawer blades, gallery and frame.

Testimonal from customer: “The desk is FABULOUS! Thank you again.”

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Renaissance Revival Style Marble Top Table

c. 1850-1900

We replaced a few of the missing carved motifs and cleaned the ebonized wood, and re-glued various loose parts using hide glue. For the period this is an extremely well-executed table with pleasing form.

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Period Federal Inlaid Mahogany Serpentine Front Dressing Table

New York c. 1795

Re-glue loose divided storage wells and quill holders. Recessed hinged cupboard door was loose and concave line inlaid drawers had loose inlay and cockbead surrounds. The proportions of this graceful work speak for themselves.

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Antique writing bureau

c. 1700’s

Re-glued numerous pieces of loose veneer and banding.

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Period Federal Carved Mahogany Side Chair

Providence or Newport Rhode Island c. 1790

Re-glue the loose H-stretcher.

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Desk

This secretary needed numerous veneer repairs, the hinges were repaired, and the brasses were polished.

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Wainscot Chair

c. 1600’s

The panels were cracked in several places and loose in others. The chair was taken apart and repaired. The draw pins used to hold it together were reused or replaced.

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Eastlake Style Small Desk

This desk had many loose joints that were repaired and re-glued. The writing deck was replaced.

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Secretary

This graceful secretary needed various repairs to the glass and veneer. The feet also were loose.

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Queen Anne Turret-Top Card Table

c. 1730 – 1750

Repairs to loose legs using hide glue. Notice the intricate dovetail work on the frame.

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Clock

The face of this clock had been repainted previously but was peeling. It was repainted in house by one of our artisans.

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Eastlake Style Secretary

Repairs were made to the upper doors, pigeon holes and bottom drawer surrounds. The writing deck was replaced.

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Period Baltimore “Wheel-Back” Chair

c. 1820-1830

Complete re-glue and cane, leave original worn finish.

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Chair

This chair is one of a set of 6, making it more worthy of repair than if it was a single.

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Federal Style Sewing Stand

Repaired loose frame and drawers.

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Cradle

This cradle arrived here with many veneer pieces in a bag. Most of the other veneer was also loose. We replaced and re-glued all of the missing and loose veneer, cleaned the finish and re-glued the stand.

William and Mary Chest

This William and Mary chest on frame had missing veneer which was replaced.

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Tall Case Clock

Tryall Rider of Manchester England c. 1750 to 1760

Various parts of the case were loose and re-glued with hide glue. The wood was cleaned and waxed to preserve the original finish. The moon dial was cleaned and silver was applied to the large chapter ring, the second chapter ring and the rings above the painted moon dial. As was done in the 1700’s the silver was real and hand applied. The clock movement was cleaned and overhauled. We contracted a professional Horologist to perform the clock movement work.

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Period Chippendale Mahogany Cellarette

Philadelphia circa 1765.

Clean brass, re-glue loose foot and interior brackets. Bring back sun bleached and crazed finish on one side with out removing any of the original.

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William and Mary Day Bed

William and Mary day bed with stretcher base was unusable due to bug eaten wood and broken joints. We made many new pieces and stained them to match.

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Period Queen Anne Carved and Figured Walnut Compass-seat Side Chair

Philadelphia circa 1750

The gracefully carved crest which flanks a central shell was re-glued. This has to be one of the most beautifully executed and well balanced original chairs we have had the privilege to study and conserve.

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Chippendale Carved Mahogany Side Chair

(possibly by Benjamin Randolph, Philadelphia, circa 1770.)

Repairs were needed to breaks in the shaped C-scroll and ruffle-carved crest rail. The ruffle-carved reserve, which is directly above the pierced vase form splat, was also loose and missing various pieces of wood. The seat rails also needed several areas re-glued. We use hide glue for this type of repair.

This is a fine chair and was a pleasure to work on.

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Secretary

This beautiful secretary had many loose pieces of veneer as marked with all the small white bits of tape in photo.

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Federal Side Board

Had small scratches, missing beading and minor veneer damage.

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Tall Federal Chest

Tall Federal chest had broken foot, broken drawers, and deep scratches on side.

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Penbroke Table

c. 1780-1800

Pembroke Table – which is another name for a drop leaf table or breakfast table circa 1780-1800. It had a break in the top and loose hinges that were repaired.

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Federal Style Desk

Federal style desk had a broken lid which was re-glued and butterflies added for strength. The brasses and finish were cleaned.

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Pedestal Table

The pedestal table had been in damp storage which loosened the veneer banding and inlay around the top and edge. After replacing the loose and missing veneer the top was refinished to match the base

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Period Queen Anne Inlaid Mahogany Block Front Knee-hole Dressing Table

Boston, Mass. c. 1730 – 1760

Re-glue loose bracket feet at the molded base, re-glue various loose cock-bead surrounds and clean old polish behind brasses and chased areas.

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Chair

All the old fabric, springs and padding were removed before the chair was taken apart and reassembled to fix the loose joints. The chair was then webbed, springs and padding were added and covered with fabric. Trim was added to complete the restoration.

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William & Mary Style Chest

c. 1600’s

The top panels were split there was some damage to the back feet and the whole case was loose. The draw pins were carefully removed and the whole case repaired and re-glued as needed. As many of the original draw pins as possible were reused or replaced for reassembly, the lid was reinforced from the bottom and the rear leg repaired.

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