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ANTIQUE BOOK RESTORATION
We specialize in restoring your old volumes. Family Bibles and other antique books are treated with the loving care they deserve to preserve them for the enjoyment of generations to come.
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Restoration includes:
  • Repairing torn and damaged pages & page edges
  • Re-sewing or sewing repair as needed
  • Repair and restoration of the spine and hinges
  • Cleaning of leather or cloth
  • Polishing metal hasps & fasteners
  • Protective coating applied to covers
  • Preserve the original endleaf if possible*  Note (Click)
  • Repairing worn corners
  • Re-staining chafed cover edges & corners
  • Marbleized endleaf is available
  • Archival storage box available (additional)
FAMILY BIBLES  OLD CLASSICS  OLD CHILDREN'S BOOKS  MEMORY LANE  OTHER OLD BOOKS  PAGE REPAIR
RE-SEWING:
Old books with sewn signatures sometimes need to be re-sewn or have the stitching repaired..
ANTIQUE FAMILY BIBLE PAGES
Antique family Bible pages almost always have tears or missing pieces that need restoring.
A WORD ABOUT ANTIQUE PAPER

Antique books are constructed of antiques materials: cloth, leather and, always of course, paper. Over the years, paper has been made of various materials of varying quality. This, along with the book's contact with the environment and use take a toll on the condition of the volume, especially the pages.

Tears in the pages can be repaired, often hardly noticeable. Using similar techniques, missing corners and edges can be replaced.
PRESERVING THE ORIGINAL ENDPAPERS:

Whenever possible, the original endpapers (endleaf) will be preserved.. This is our first choice. There are occasions, however, when the endpaper cannot be saved due to extensive damage or deterioration. In this case we replace it with as close a match as possible to the original. 
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PAGE REPAIR

 

This video tells the story of an extremely rarel first edition (1611) copy of the King James Bible discovered in a church in England. It tells they determined its authenticity.
Scroll down for more examples.
Missing spine (left) was reconstructed from a photocopy of the back cover.

Repaired torn pages and rebuilt spine (on book body & cover) along with some general cleaning brought the volume back to usefulness.
This one needed a new spine and we re-stitched the pages by hand. It should last through a couple more generations of use.
Those old children's storybooks you had as a kid can be given new life to pass on to your own kids or grandkids. They offer a challenge in restoring them and often finding creative ways to replace or reconstruct missing cover parts.
OLD CHILDREN'S BOOKS
Military yearbooks.
WW II army unit commemorative yearbook. New matching clot cover.  We also restored the damaged logo.
Your favorite old cookbook can get a new lease on life.
THAT OLD COOKBOOK
Photos coming soon
POETRY
MISC.
OTHER OLD BOOKS
Most old family Bibles have leather covered sculpted cover boards. Often these are detached or coming loose. The corners are frayed and the spines detached or even missing. All to be restored.
Many old family Bibles are cloth covered, often with an imitation leather pattern.
Most antique Bible covers are are present but detached or needing much work to restore them to usable condition. This is a simple leather cover.
For more example of antique book restoration click the image to the left.
Missing a half cover is not common. Sometimes the entire cover is missing and we create a new cover compatible with the date and style of the volume. Quite often the spine missing or too damaged to use. We create new spine to compliment the cover boards.
FAMILY BIBLES
THAT OLD COOKBOOK
Mom & Dad's old love letters bound into a book of memories. We used the ribbon that tied them together as a marker.
This old family Bible came to us completely missing the front cover and spine. We seds the back cover as a pattern and reconstructed a new front cover and created a new spine with matching leather. This Bible is now being enjoyed and used in the family.
MEMORY LANE Those old keepsakes & special memories
This set of the Works of Jane Austen had un-salvageable covers. New covers were made almost exactly duplicating the original half-bound covers. This enabled the seller to market a serviceable set.
OLD CLASSICS etc.