Antique Clock Repair and Restoration Specialists

Specialist Restoration of Antique Upholstery

Green and Cockburn Antique Restoration have been under taking traditional upholstery for over 49 years. We specialise in the restoration of traditional upholstered furniture (that is furniture using horsehair and traditional upholstery methods). All upholstery is undertaken in the very same way and period concept as when they were originally made. We do not use upholstery foam or modern upholstery tacks.

When an item comes in to our workshop for restoration it is first stripped down to the carcass, at this stage any horsehair will be removed and washed for later use, and any woodworm infestation will be treated. Any missing items such as legs, arms, mouldings are made using timber contemporary to the period.

An example of our traditional upholstery

Below you can see can see a really rather fine 17th-century French walnut framed chair the upholstery on this chair originally had gold and silver thread inlaid into the surface of the upholstery.

The client would like us to undertake the restoration of the chair and the upholstery to copy very much the original material including the silver and gold thread.

The original material will be taken off very carefully and kept for prosperity as it is really rather delicate.



French 17 C Armchair

The first process of restoration would be to remove the upholstery very carefully remove any understaffing which in this period is very often grass or heather horsehair was used sometimes on particularly smart and important items for the role around the edge, when these items have been removed the chair would be checked for woodworm and infestation if any is found it will be treated.

The restoration of the timber will then proceed.

Chippendale Period chair before and after repairs .


Georgian armchair before upholsteryChippendale period chair after upholstery

This fine Chippendale chair now French polished and upholstered in red Leather and brass nails.


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The British antique furniture restorers Association

We are accredited members of BAFRA, (British Antique Furniture Restorers Association).

Horologists, Conservators and Restoration Specialists To The Art, Antique And Museum Professions.

Conservation help and advice
We at Green & Cockburn are willing to help with any antique restoration project. Please contact us with your antique clocks and furniture restoration problems. Perhaps we can offer help and advice.

Historic Houses

We are Corporate members of the Historic Houses Association or HHA

Some of these fine antiques are looked after and housed in fine buildings supported by the Historic Houses Association.