How We Restore Historical Lighting

Jugendstil Lamp Early 20th c. German Copper, glass, shell, steel, porcelain, electrical components Private collection This lamp arrived with the base and column bent and dented. A hand cut disc of polished shell was missing, and the hanging bead skirt

Antique Weapon Restorations

Our Work with Antique Weapons Newmans’ Ltd. restores and repairs antique weapons and armaments such as flintlock guns, swords and non-western arms. We develop a thorough understanding of the piece by examining the metals, wood, ivory, bone and other materials

English Flintlock Pistol, “Spencer”

English Flintlock Pistol, “Spencer”

Steel, brass and wood The McBean Collection, Chepstow The Newport Mansions, Newport, Rhode Island The Preservation Society of Newport County approached us with this fine 17th century weapon to prepare it for display. With the mechanism in need of lubrication but mostly

Restoration of Decorative Aisle Columns

Restoration of Decorative Aisle Columns

Pequot Library, Southport, Connecticut Among the striking details in Robert Robertson’s Pequot Library are the cast iron, copper plated decorative columns which head each aisle of the two story stacks. Before restoration, these were covered with layers of soot from

Jonathan Edwards College Restoration

Jonathan Edwards College Restoration

Yale University During the building’s restoration by Shawmut Design and Construction, we were commissioned to rebuild this delicate piece of ironwork originally done by blacksmith Samuel Yellin of Philadelphia.

Cigarette Vending Machine

Cigarette Vending Machine

American, 19th c. Brass and steel Private collection When this curious box came to us from Oklahoma, it had lost its key, and the lid no longer opened when a coin was put into the pay slot, and one of the

Balinese Sword (Kris)

Balinese Sword (Kris)

Private collection Ivory, brass, forged steel, semi-precious stones, wood This ceremonial weapon composed of a carved ivory axe head, a scabbard and sword handle of repoussé brass and semi-precious stones and a forged steel blade, came to us after having been in a flooded

Restoration of Touro Synagogue

Restoration of Touro Synagogue

In 2007, Newmans joined the National Park Service and Shawmut Design and Construction of Boston in the restoration of America’s oldest synagogue and national historic site designed by architect Peter Harrison in1763. One hundred-fifty metal objects, from eighteenth century hardware to

Taxiphote

Taxiphote

A Nineteenth Century Stereoptic Glass Slide Viewer French, 19th c.; private collection Made in Paris, this intricate optical device was the window through which the family peered at their collection of over 400 glass slides of their forbears on vacation

Restoration of Balusters

Restoration of Balusters

Pequot Library, Southport, Connecticut As can be seen in these images, the balusters have been treated to remove the dirt, along with the original protective layer, which appears to be shellac. Made of copper plated cast iron, the fresh copper