Repair

Here at Raindrops In Virginia we are able to Conserve, Remediate, and Restore a wide range of items within home and industry. Be it welding, re-finishing, mechanical, re-plating, or preventative remediation. Let our wide range of experience help you .

Repair services include:

-Jewelry

-Watches

-Furniture

-Sculpture

-Clocks

-Architectural Features

-Antiques


Conservation Vs. Restoration

Conservators, also called Restorers (1) are professionals with enough skills, knowledge and training to preserve as well as conserve artworks and cultural heritage for the future generations. The conservator-restorer work is primarily a manual art/skill; but this should be closely related to theoretical knowledge which gives him/her the capacity to perform tasks such as carrying out diagnostics about the conservation stages of the artwork, drafting conservation plans and treatment proposals, developing preventive conservation strategies and finally executing well documented conservation-restoration treatments.
Due to the different uses and misuses as well as misinterpretations of the various terms applied in the Conservation – Restoration field, in 2008, the ICOM-CC general assembly welcomed and endorsed a clarification and definition of conservation terminology including “preventive conservation”, “remedial conservation” and “restoration” as the preferred terms while characterizing the various forms of action to conserve cultural heritage. In such meeting, the terms were defined as follows (2):

Conservation – all measures and actions aimed at safeguarding tangible cultural heritage while ensuring its accessibility to present and future generations. Conservation embraces preventive conservation, remedial conservation and restoration. All measures and actions should respect the significance and the physical properties of the cultural heritage item.

Preventive conservation – all measures and actions aimed at avoiding and minimizing future deterioration or loss. They are carried out within the context or on the surroundings of an item, but more often a group of items, whatever their age and condition. These measures and actions are indirect – they do not interfere with the materials and structures of the items. They do not modify their appearance.

Remedial conservation – all actions directly applied to an item or a group of items aimed at arresting current damaging processes or reinforcing their structure. These actions are only carried out when the items are in such a fragile condition or deteriorating at such a rate, that they could be lost in a relatively short time. These actions sometimes modify the appearance of the items.

Restoration – all actions directly applied to a single and stable item aimed at facilitating its appreciation, understanding and use. These actions are only carried out when the item has lost part of its significance or function through past alteration or deterioration. They are based on respect for the original material. Most often such actions modify the appearance of the item


1. “Conservator” is the term used in English speaking countries; on the contrary “restorer” is mainly used where Romance and Germanic languages are spoken.
2. (International Council of Museums –Conservation Committee, 15th Triennial Conference, New Delhi 22-26 September 2008).

As cited from the South Florida Art Conservation June 3, 2012 Article:

"Conservation Vs. Restoration" found here



In this both Restorative and Remedial Conservation of this exquisite piece, we are repairing some structural damage to the wood frame that occurred, and also repaired some of the Sterling Silver repoussé work. We had also cleaned the silver once placed back on the frame and fed the material to slow future corrosion.

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In this Remedial Repair of a plate glass lamp shade from the late 19th to early 20th century, we are replacing a number of lead joints that are cracking and tearing due to the weight of this particular shade. When in the lamp it is leaning quite far to one side and is at risk tearing through its baffle and falling to the ground.It is over 100 years old so this type of wear is expected.


To realign the baffle all of the joints are cut out, cleaned, and re-leaded. In this instance we made our own gelfluxing agent for this as not to damage the patina on the front of this particular shade.

Here is the completed shade cleaned and with glass reinstalled.








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This is a Bailey Banks & Biddle Carriage clock dated from 1903. It came in not functioning and required cleaning and a number of parts. We cleaned, re-conditioned,lubricated, fabricated, and regulated the clock, that now runs very smoothly. The movement is metered by an horizontal balance wheel escapement, that you can see through the top glass, as well as one of the many ruby jewels that act as the bearings in this movement. This Pennsylvania company created many interesting pieces since its opening in 1832, including creating the last Great Seal of the United States of America in 1904 that is still in use today.



 







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Here we are at the watchmakers lathe drilling and cutting some 18KT Yellow Gold to repair a watch that had a missing lug. We mixed this alloy of gold ourselves so the part we were fabricating would match the color of the rest of the piece.








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Here is a lovely Warmink WUBA from the Netherlands, it required a new escapement suspension wire, there was damage to a number of springs. There was also some corrosion on one of the chime actuator cams that seized that side of the movement. There are no parts for these clocks around as they are popular with collectors, so it is always very satisfying to complete one in healthy working order. This is an exquisite piece that has a moon cycle function and a sweet sounding bell chime. 









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This Farmhouse clock is from The Sessions Clock Company in Connecticut. A company that was open from 1903 to 1933. It is over 100 years old and after we repaired a number of gears and refabricated many bushings it shall last another 100.





This is a clock we recently repaired for a client from the early 1800's and made in the Comtoise region of France. It had a broken gear, needed a number of shafts repaired, some gears needed reconditioning, and an actuator arm was broken as well. It was regulated in about a week and now runs consistently.






Just finished repairing this old roof spire in copper. It had broken completely in half due to ice damage. Restoration work is always really exciting, and indeed a wonderful challenge.





This is a Henry Terry eight day Transitional Shelf Clock. The client for this one came from another state and only had a day for us to look at and repair the clock. Henry Terry was a clockmaker whom lived from 1801-1877, and was the grandson of the famous American clockmaker Eli Terry. This clock has boxwood gears and a brass escapement gear, and was quite interesting and different to repair.

 

 

 








A newly cleaned and restored Telechron Electric Automatic clock timer. We had repaired one of the gears inside the movement, and cleaned and re-lubricated the rotor that operates on magnetic induction. These little clocks are really quite interesting, they operate via a magnetic coil turning a rotor assembly that is synchronized to the frequency of our power grid that is 60 Hertz (Hz).





A client came into the store with this absolutely exquisite antique french lamp of Hermes constructed in manganese bronze. The piece was broken at the hand and was in need of some very precise work. It had been repaired before using a form of brazing rod and then filled with an epoxy. So we had removed all past repairs and contaminants, rebuilt both the hand via TIG weld and machined a part that is designed to break so that the bronze itself does not need to. There is nothing we like to see more than a happy customer after a job well done.







Here is a Seiko Pulsar Women's watch that needed cleaning, new seals, and a new battery. Next to it is a 14k Gold Hamilton that we repaired, cleaned and is now running.  The Hamilton Watch Company started as an American watch design and manufacturing company which produced its first watch in 1893 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They made wrist and pocket watches until 1969 when the company was purchased and eventually integrated into the Swatch group that is headquartered in Bienne, Switzerland.






This oak chair came in with a blown out back, and a blown seat cradle. We created new tenons and reconstructed the old holes repairing the splits and shatters and drilled new ones. We then installed a new cradle out of fabric, refreshed the padding, and re-strected the upholstery.




There is something richly satisfying about watching something spring to life that has been broken. This clock from Great Britain had a broken piece that we then fabricated a new one. We didn't even bother looking for parts.






We had received a commission from a very sweet couple who came in the store one day. The piece required re-caning, touch-up work, and some color matching. You can see our cane tool there at the bottom of the photograph. We had plasma cut piece of railroad track and then we ground it to fit into the cane groove.





A client came in to have us repair a number of pieces of jewelry including this watch that required a new face crystal. We could not locate a sized crystal so we cut and polished a new one for this loved piece.





In this repair we are installing a new spring in this old Urgos. The original had snapped due to age and eventual over winding.







In this repair, the clock came in not keeping time and chiming hundreds of times until the chime spring was relieved.It had appeared that a spring holding down the chime actuator arm had broken and was in need of replacement. We could not locate a new piece, so in turn we fabricated one.


Here we have a piece of mild steel and a freshly annealed piece of high grade spring steel. We rolled the spring steel to the correct thickness and cut a small strip.


We then resistance welded the spring steel onto the mild to tack it in place, and then silver soldered the joint as vibration is a problem in a clock movement due to the bell chime.


Here is the finished piece ready to be shaped, and for hardening and tempering. It was installed in the movement and now works perfectly.






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