Re-visit your antiques – revive & restore them to their rightful place

Our broad range of antique restoration services

Antique restoration in the 21st Century – shellac to shot-blasting

Culvertons continues to satisfy the steady demand for traditional high-quality antique restoration. However, due to the popularity of displaying and using items from our social and industrial past, our workshops are busier than ever. To keep pace with this change we have expanded the number of restoration services we can offer. As a result, we can now renovate metalwork, lighting, glass and a broad range of other unusual and quirky items.

If you would like some more information regarding these services, please visit our contact page.

Why ask Culvertons to restore your antiques?

This life-size,terracotta sculpture of siblings by Mortimer Brown was exhibited at the Royal Academy. It came to us covered in layers of house-hold paint. It was only after many hours of careful restoration that the original bronzed surface of this antique artwork was uncovered.
This beautiful life-size terracotta sculpture came to us covered in layers of household paint!

It can be difficult to imagine what can be achieved when looking at an antique in need of restoration. Seeing beyond the veil of damage and distress caused by time, neglect or well-meaning but ill-judged attention requires experience. Making a judgement on what should be improved upon and what should remain untouched is a decision for a specialist. Culvertons has the necessary experience and skills to revive your antiques, elevating their appreciation within your home or place of work. Our antique restoration service can achieve this in the following ways:

Restored and repaired antiques are finely-crafted, unique and decorative items in a world of mass-produced and identikit objects.

What’s the difference between repair, restoration and conservation?

This a typical project for our antique restoration workshops.- a unique front door from the 1920's is decorated with a hand carved owl flying in a wooded landscape:
A unique hand-carved 1920s door – a challenging but rewarding restoration project

Our repair service focus on making sure your antiques can once again be used and enjoyed. However, so as not to undermine any future restoration, materials need to be carefully chosen.

The dictionary defines ‘restore’ as returning something to its original or previous state. Antique restoration is not so easily defined, however. This is because the restorer will reach a point when any further work will be of detriment to its appearance and value. This requires careful judgement. You can rest assured that we have the knowledge and experience to know when it’s time to stop.

When asked to conserve an item, we will protect it from further damage or decay with the minimum of intervention. Any work to be carried out needs to be in keeping and complementary to the original, but still, remain apparent for future study.

I own an antique that needs restoration, what should I do?

Please contact us, as we will happily answer questions about our services and discuss your requirements. To enable us to provide a more informed response, an email with some images beforehand would be helpful but is not essential. If, after due consideration, you would like to continue and receive a quotation, we will –

We assure you that your enquiry will be treated with the utmost discretion and that the service you will receive will be of the highest standard.

Experience has its rewards

An antique restorer uses a hand-roller to incise a decorative motif around the edge of an antique desk's inset leather writing surface.  Gold leaf is then often used to highlight the design.

The craftsmen and women who work with us, many of whom would freely admit to not being in their first flush of youth! continue to produce excellent results. This is a testament to the apprenticeships they served, the skills learnt and the enjoyment they still get from working with their hands. Furthermore, they realise the importance Culvertons places on carrying out sympathetic restoration i.e. that less is most definitely more, which only comes with experience.

What can you expect from our restoration service?

The restoration of your antiques will be overseen and, to a degree, guided by our specialist. The combination of their experience and knowledge together with the skilled hands of the antique restorer ensures pleasing and sympathetic results.

The following steps will also be taken to make sure the service you receive is efficient, competitive, secure and informed:

This attractive Early 20th Century antique brass and steel desk lamp has been repaired, refinished re-wired and of course tested.

In which areas do we offer this service?

We offer our antique restoration services throughout central and southern England principally in Surrey, Kent, Sussex and Hampshire, including London.

What our clients say...

"Dear Jonathan, I am so delighted that we found you, you helped us so much on all the different aspects of the house that we needed to sort out. From the first, we all felt very reassured in your obvious knowledge of the eclectic mix of items in the house. I especially appreciated you saving the boxes from the chaos of the garden shed, which turned out to contain the first letters that our mother had written to our father. All of us spent an afternoon marvelling over them. Also, many thanks for using your research in putting items up for sale and auction. You mentioned that you might need some more information on the medals for a write up, do get in touch about that. With many thanks, Mary"

Mary