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

Raindrops In Virginia is also specially trained in both indoor and outdoor sculpture polishing, and offers this service both onsite and in store.


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



Antique Restoration and Repair





Clock Restoration and Repair

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.

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.






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