Puritan Values Ltd, The Dome, Arts and Antiques

Research, Restoration and Insurance Valuation Services
We have a research service where you the customer can e-mail or send photographs of items you would like to know about. i.e. who designed it, who manufactured it and the date an item was made. Anthony Geering has an extensive library and knowledge built up over 31 years specialising in The Arts and Crafts Movement, Gothic Revival, Anglo-Japanese and Aesthetic Movements, Art Nouveau, and Important Works of Art. He has supplied Liberty and Co of Regent St for over 20 years and was the main supplier through out that time and the biggest contributor to the Liberty and Co yearly Exhibitions for over 18 years. Anthony and a small group of other experts in this field have come together to research items you might like to know about.

There is an initial fee for this service of £GBP fifty pounds for an instant appraisal which comes with a valuation for insurance purposes.

Please feel free to send us any images and information to our e-mail below.

We specialise in the restoration of all types of Art furniture, restoring items in a traditional way for Clients and Dealers throughout the UK.

Stan and my sons restore sympathetically with expert understandings of the woods used, tools used and finishes applied in those Periods from the last two Centuries. Stan has been restoring furniture for over 40 years and shares my enthusiasm and passion for our work.

We also offer a high quality removal service especially for moving antiques which we are a little over qualified for, and a delivery service for items purchased from us if required.

If you are looking for something specific send us the details as we can find most pieces from the periods and movements we specialise in. If we haven't already got something suitable in stock we can usually find it through our extensive networks.

If there is anything else you think we can help you with please feel free to contact us.

The pictures below are of an Inlaid tub chair showing the enormous amount of work and many stages a chair goes through when being professionally restored. Usually a chair is the most time consuming type of furniture to restore. With many antiques, but particularly chairs the animal glue they used at the time dries out due to constant use and constant temperature changes over a long period of time.

Many chairs such as this one here only required re-gluing but there is still a lot of time and effort goes into just restoring one chair. First the chair parts must be numbered, we use masking tape and a pencil. Then the chair must be gently knocked apart taking great care not damage anything, but with care and attention it is easily achieved. Next each individual joint must been cleaned by removing all of the old glue, with gentle scraping and sanding it usually comes of quite easily, although quite time consuming.

Next the joints are all lightly sanded, which is imperative for the new glue to have a good clean area to adhere to. Then all the joints are brushed with glue and the chair is assembled, then the clamps go on pulling the chair back together. It is then left for two days to allow the glue to completely dry.

Finally the chair is thoroughly cleaned leaving the original finish and waxed to protect the chair which gives it a warm glow.

Puritan Values Ltd, The Dome, St Edmunds Rd, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6JU
Tel: Tony 07966 371676
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