these markers used to be on the front of old houses to mark those who paid for the service for the fire department to tend to their house in case of a fire. we stripped it and re painted it so it can once again hang on the facade on a house.
a CLIENT REQUESTED THAT WE ADD A SCROLL AND HORN TO THIS MEISSEN FIGURE FOR HER. WE HAVE SCULPTED AND PAINTED THESE PIECES TO SCALE AND TEXTURE SO THAT YOU CANNOT TELL THEY AREN'T ORIGINAL.
We do gold plating here at Chelsea; pictured here are antique silverplated pieces given new life by a beautiful gold finish.
This Native American statue is what's known as a "Cigar Indian"- commonly found in tobacco shops, these statues are recognizable pieces known for their style. This plaster piece was completely broken in half and missing pieces, and through filling, sculpting, and painting, was fully restored.
Antique and vintage wood and gesso gilded frames are incredibly delicate and break, crack and crumble all the time. We are able to restore them by filling, sculpting, sanding, repainting or regilding the damaged pieces. The white and tan areas on this frame are areas we've filled in that were cracked or completely broken off in a move.
The shattered ear of this shepherd statue is going to be full restored, which means gluing, filling and filing down, airbrushing and re-glazing or lacquering to completely erase the damage that was done. The visible cracks from preliminary gluing will disappear and the pup will be good as new.
This piece came to us with a pretty cool story. It used to sit in a popular neighborhood bar in a small town, and when the bar closed, they auctioned it off to that bar's regulars. Unfortunately, it somehow came to its demise with the new owners and completely broke in half. We will be putting it back together and repainting it to help it look like the damage never occurred.
Finally finished, these wedding candlesticks have been restored to perfection. After the wedding reception, these candlesticks were lost and then found years later packed away- they've now been fixed and returned to their very happy owner.
A refinished memorial plaque in the process of being painted- after the letters are filled in, it will be lacquered.
This beautiful Baroque revival sterling frame was chosen by a customer to be engraved with her initials. The center medallion was damaged, so we replaced it with a raw piece of silver and hammered it into place, soldered it and shaped it to mimic the original piece. The finished result looks as if it were the original piece. Polished and lacquered, it looks lovely. This kind of fine detail work is something we excel at here at Chelsea, as well as large heavy repair work.
This extensive silver repair was brought in recently- these wedding candlesticks will need to have the resin replaced, cups reshaped, and other major repairs and restorations done before they'll be completely fixed.
Here at Chelsea we do both simple and full porcelain and ceramic restoration. This vase is actually a lamp that broke and is in the process of being fully restored- once finished, you won't be able to tell it ever broke. The next step will be to fill in the cracking, and then hand paint the fills with color matched paints. There are a lot of steps left to get this piece looking like new, but it's looking a lot better than it was.
This is a fine example of a typical brass bed we commonly see here at Chelsea Plating Co. Every brass bed brought to us for restoration is completely disassembled, stripped of old lacquer, polished, re-lacquered, and reassembled.
This ornate antique sterling silver compote was brought to us to be cleaned, polished, and gold plated.
Recently, a satisfied customer sent us pictures of a pair of candelabra and assorted pieces of tableware they had repaired and silver plated at Chelsea Plating Company. For more examples of our restoration work, click on Finished Work above or visit www.chelseaplating.com for much more information about the many services we offer.
This wall sconce was one of the few things to survive hurricane Sandy for a Margate family. We removed decades worth of corrosion, replaced all of the screws with period correct reproductions, then polished/ satin finished the sconce. When we were done, we triple lacquered the finish so it could withstand many more years at the beach. Visit www.chelseaplating.com for more information.