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Friday, April 29, 2011

Antique Briefcase Restored

This briefcase was mailed to me. I didn't know the age but I would suspect it was at least 50 years old. The challenge was to clean and recondition the leather without damaging it. The edges were frayed and very dry. 

Here's a picture of the back, which was in better shape than the front.

As you can see when lifting the flap, the under part was protected from most of the damage.

Below is the restored briefcase. 
This process took many hours. I cleaned it with a mild detergent, then treated it with leather conditioners. 

Matching the color was very tricky. I blended the colors to best match the original.

After refinishing, I treated with a sealant, which will protect the briefcase from further stains. 

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Antique Purse Restored

This antique purse was mailed to me with the challenge of renewing the fabric back to the original white color. It has a very unique weave and the top looked like it was made out of ivory. 

There were some oxidized oil stains on the front and back. These kind of stains can be very tricky to remove.

As shown in the pictures below, I was successful in removing the stains and restoring the color. 

This kind of restoration usually takes about 2 weeks to complete depending on 
how difficult the stains are to remove.