Our fascination with antique furniture began Mumford Restoration of Raleigh’s passion for the unique art of woodworking, repair, and restoration. In our modern era where low cost and convenience have introduced a cultural mindset of five-year replacement furniture as all the rage, it’s a rare gift to observe a piece made for beauty, function, and longevity. Even more importantly, these pieces often hold our unique family history. Nothing can inspire a memory quite like the furniture we played on as a child, Grandma’s favorite Sunday china, the books and Bibles our grandparents read to us, among many other treasured pieces that may provoke that feeling of nostalgia.
What is An Antique?
With the United States’ 240-year history, a 100-year old piece is generally considered to be antique. Many other cultures see a 500-year-old object as still being young. Many people are confused over what is classified as a real “antique,” and we see customers from both extremes:
- Those that have no idea that their piece has a high value and is a rare gem
- Those that are disappointed to discover that what they thought was a valuable antique is actually a mass-produced piece from the 1970s.
We can help. Review our “10 Questions that Can Help Anyone Determine When to Restore”
The pieces we take the most joy in restoring fall somewhere in between both extremes. These pieces hold memories and history. The dining table where Grandma hosted her Sunday dinners for the family, the china cabinet that held your aunt’s favorite pieces, the tea set that came over with your great-grandmother from England. Sentimental value is the most important factor, restoring your memories.
The Restoration Process
One of the most critical points in restoring antiques is having the expertise to identify the level and process of restoration that will add to the value of the pieces and preserve its history. This requires a great deal of knowledge and experience to accurately identify and is the definition of antique restoration:
- When was the piece made?
- Was it finished in shellac or lacquer?
- How was it originally assembled?
- Is an authentic repair and conservation required to preserve it or is a full restoration warranted?
We pride ourselves in meticulous period-correct restoration, conservation, and repair. Our main goal is to provide every client with the education and information they need to make an informed decision and to answer common questions such as:
Is it worth repairing or restoring?
Should I throw it away and buy new?
Will a restoration increase or decrease the value of my piece?
Don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an on-site assessment of your treasured pieces: 919.510.6310. You can also complete an Antique Restoration Inquiry and one of our Restoration Specialists will be in touch to discuss your vision, your questions, and guide you to the best decision for you.