Our fascination with antique furniture began Mumford Restoration of Raleigh’s passion for the art of woodworking, repair and restoration. In our modern era where low cost and convenience have introduced a cultural mindset of 5 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 family history. Nothing can inspire a memory quite like the furniture, artwork, china, books and host of other pieces that make up our daily lives.
What is An Antique?
With the United State’s 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.
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The pieces we take the most joy in restoring fall somewhere in between both extreme. 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 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 on being honest with our customers as to the best approach for each piece and providing education and resources to help them make an informed decision.