Restoring is an under appreciated craft. It is not carried out to deceive but to restore the item near enough to it’s original form, without making it look new. That is a difficult thing to access and everyone’s idea is different. In Europe there is no desire to remove signs of wear because that proves an items age. Recently a customer asked for an antique silver duck pincushion but with a new velvet pad. She thought the old velvet looked dirty. It’s a pity but hard to persuade some buyers of the romance contained in an old piece of textile.

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