Restored Historical Mechanisms

I have particular fascination for objects that work – fountains, weapons, ecclesiastical accoutrements like St. George’s School’s Processional Cross, and gadgets like the Cigarette Vending Machine. Mechanical underpinnings of seemingly static works like the library stacks shelving at the Pequot Library, and Richard Lippold’s wire-woven Trinity at Portsmouth Abbey, are among the many mechanisms we’ve built or rebuilt during our almost three decades as restorers.

English Flintlock Pistol, “Spencer”

From the Preservation Society of Newport County’s McBean Collection

This image is of the flintlock pistol after restoration. Click on the image to see the before views.

Decatur Square Bronze Fountain

Funded by The Champlin Foundation for the West Broadway Neighborhood Association and The City of Providence, Rhode Island.

This image is of the first neighborhood celebration of the Decatur Fountain Project, displaying the wood casting patterns of the fountain base and column. Click on the image to see other views.

Restoration of Decorative Aisle Columns

Pequot Library, Southport, Connecticut

This image is of a capital of one of the fifty decorative aisle end columns made of copper plated cast iron after restoration. Click on the image to see other views.

English Brass “Honor” Tobacco Box, circa 1850

Private collector

The box before restoration. Click on the image to see other views.

John Carter Brown Chapel Processional Cross

St. George’s School, Newport, Rhode Island

This image is of St. George’s Peaslee Cross during treatment. The cross is made of silver, gold plate, brass, wood, oil paint, and lead. Click on the image to see other views.

Restoration of Shelf Supports

Pequot Library, Southport, Connecticut

This image is of a large regular baseboard shelf support complete after restoration. All the shelf supports together weighed almost 10,000 pounds and were brought to our facility in two moving vans. Click on the image to see other views.

Stairway Balusters

Pequot Library, Southport, Connecticut

An archival blueprint of the balusters and shelf ends that we restored. Click the image to see more.

Portsmouth Abbey

Richard Lippold’s Trinity at Portsmouth Abbey School