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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 All upholstery is undertaken in the very same way and period concept as when they were originally made.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.

17th-century chair before restoration 17th-century chair seat tapestry before restoration

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 after repairs but before upholstery.

Georgian armchair before upholstery

A fine Chippendale chair upholstered in Red Leather and brass nails.

Georgian armchair after upholstery

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Tel : 01462 790646 or E-mail : enquiries@greenrestoration.co.uk