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.

Period Philadelphia Dining Table with D Ends, Seven Leaves, and Elaborate Acanthus Craved Floral Decoration

Circa 1840

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There was extensive water damage to this table with many splits in the top and base, large split in the cylinder base. Butterflies were needed to secure all of the splits. We restored the entire piece as directed by the client.

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Very Fine Chippendale Sofa

Circa 1790

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This piece needed extensive work to the frame. We saved as much of the original as possible. After many re-upholstery jobs the wood was very brittle due to the tacks.

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Important Teak Dining Room Chairs

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teak dining room chairs designed by Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen

Restored water damaged important teak dining room chairs. The finger joints were re-glued,
chairs refinished and the seats reupholstered with leather. These chairs are by Danish master designer Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen.

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Fine Early Pine Clock with Wooden Movement

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We restored the water damaged finish and replaced missing molding on bonnet with custom molding. The wooden clock movement was disassembled, cleaned and reassembled. The gears and wheels were damaged as a result of excessively heavy weights. Correctly sized weights were located. The verge or crown wheel escapement was cleaned and the clock put back in the correct beat and time.

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Important Kipp Stewart Walnut Credenza

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We did a complete refinish on the Kipp Stewart walnut credenza as it was badly water damaged.

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Potthast Side Chairs

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Potthast of Baltimore
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This was a completed restoration and reupholstery of the six Potthast of Baltimore side chairs. The Potthast Brothers of Baltimore built hand crafted furniture from 1892 – 1975. These handmade reproduction chairs were very high quality and each piece was marked in a similar way as shown. Many pieces from their shops are in museums and private collections.
Their slogan was “The True Antiques of Tomorrow.”

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Rosewood Cabinet

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Restoration of Rosewood work cabinet due to water damage.

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John Wood Tall Case Clock, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Circa 1755-1790

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John Wood Tall Case Clock
John Wood Tall Case Clock

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

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Early Canterbury


Early Canterbury Photo
Early Canterbury Photo
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
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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

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

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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Bartolome Murillio Painting Photo
Bartolome Murillio Painting Photo

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
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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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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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– 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
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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Tambour Secretary Photo

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
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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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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
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

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
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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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