Antique Arms, Armour and Militaria collectors try to find examples in perfect condition, but with collectibles having existed for 250, 100, 50 or even 20 years most can benefit from restoration of some sort.
Lots of pleaasure can come from transforming pieces into beautiful examples. There are many jobs a novice restorer can do without the slightest risk to a piece, but it would be inappropriate for us to encourage inexperienced amateurs to attempt the restoration of rare and valuable pieces.
As a general rule power tools should NEVER be used to remove any form of corrosion as they are FAR TO ABBRASIVE and often cause IRREPAIRABLE DAMAGE.
Corrosion has formed over a long period and so time taken to gently remove corrosion over a period are always advisable, afterall - what is the rush?
Antique Armoury always advises caution, and for you to contact an expert if you do not feel competent, or when dealing with fragile or costly items. When an expert restorer is engaged, make sure it is clear what you want. If you are not sure, ask the restorer to explain their intentions to you, to determine the amount of restoration to be undertaken. It is important for you to agree exactly what needs to be done and the cost, so as to help avoid disappointment.
Restoration is aways tricky, legitimate restoration to one collector may be considered as faking or making up by another. There are some guide lines to restoration but it is up to the individual to decide on how far and to what extent he wishes to go.
Some collectors prefer to have an item in the condition in which they purchased it, even with missing or broken parts, and only content to clean the piece; others consider it perfectly ok to add contemporary parts and to supply the item, if a head-dress with plumes which very rarely survive the ravages of time. This addition of parts, and whether re-guilding is preferable to just cleaning the worn gilt that survives, is a personal decision.
Whatever the apparent condition of an item when purchased, a careful inspection should be undertaken of every centimetre.
UNIFORM AND CLOTH ITEMS: Many preservation and conservation items are available in the preservation and conservation page of this site. Antique Armoury has access to expert conservation and resoration, please contact us for further details and a quotation.
HEADRESS: Replacement plumes, spikes, chin chains, replacement silver and gilt and other restoration components and work undertaken. Please contact us for further details and a quotation.
BADGES: We can arrange for re-slidering, replacement lugs, repairs, re-gilting and re-silvering. Please contact us for further details and a quotation.
MEDALS: Please see the medal ribbon and album page of this web site for further information.
EQUIPMENT: Many conservation and preservation items for leather and other equipment is available. Please see the conservation and preservation page of this Antique Armoury web site for further information.
Antique Armoury can arrange for some leather restoration, gun box and other works. Please contact us for further details.
BOOKS, EPHEMERA, MAIL, PAY, PHOTOGRAPHS, PRINTS: Please see the framing and the conservation and preservation section of this web site.
Antique Armoury can arrange for some paper and book restoration works. Please contact us for further details and a quotation.
The restoration of antique arms and armour is by far the biggest and most common restoration area, encountered by Antique Armoury both in terms of the supply of components and in the actual restoration works undertaken for our clients, and so we have devoted this particular part just to this area of restoration work.
Antique Armoury''s gun restoration specialists have libraries of 1000''s of moulds from original parts. We are typically asked to supply lockplates, flintcocks, frizzens, percussion hammers and top jaws. These are manufactured using the Lost Wax system of casting. Also, 1000''s of parts such as bridles, tumblers, sears and safety slides are available. Other non cast items would include top jaw, lockplate and tumbler screws, worms and caps, ramrod tips in brass and horn and whole ramrods.
Antique Armoury can also supply case accessories; bullet moulds, cappers and primers, cap tins, cleaning brushes and equipment, oil bottles, nipple keys, powder and shot measures, shot and powder flasks, tops and their springs, springs, spring clamps, turnscrews and trade labels etc., etc...
For your workshop Antique Armoury can supply engraving tools, scrapers, slotting knives and metal checkering files, bore guages and wood checkering tools. Birchwood Casey guncare products such as Perma Blue, Super Blue, Plum Brown, Brass Black, Aluminium Black, Cleaner de Greaser, Blue and Rust Remover, TruOil Stock Finish, Water Stain - Walnut, Gunstock Sealer and Filler etc. Various Case Hardening Compounds, Silver Plating Solutions, 000/0000 Steel Wire Wool, Boiled Linseed Oil, various horns (when available) Ray skins for sword grips etc., etc.
Our restoration services for guns, edged weapons and armour are available to customers throughout the world, and for any without the time, knowledge or facilities to work on a valuable item. A firm estimate is given (subject to inspection) or on the information supplied by clients to Antique Armoury.
Antique Armoury can also provide expert metal polishing to remove corrosion, without affecting the surviving metal beneath.
Please contact us for further details and with your enquiries.