Antique Restoration Tools

Gather this collection of antique restoration tools to keep your collectibles in the best condition and make them shine.

| July 2012

  • Socks
    Before moving a piece of heavy furniture, slip socks onto the legs. Also, socks serve as good protective storage covers for small breakables.
    Photo by Ruzanna Arutyunyan/Fotolia
  • Tips Tools And Techniques
    “Tips, Tools, and Techniques” by long-time antiques expert Dr. Georgia Kemp Caraway provides answers to questions about the cleaning and maintenance of common antique and collectible objects, including metal advertising signs, glassware, clothing, and jewelry. Compact yet authoritative, this handbook will appeal to dealers and buyers, as well as everyone with something from Grandma in the attic.
    Photo courtesy University of North Texas Press

  • Socks
  • Tips Tools And Techniques

With so many types of antiques and collectibles ripe for discovery and preservation, keeping track of how to restore each item can be a challenge. Keep a set of these antique restoration tools handy, so you won’t waste time hunting for supplies when you want to clean and restore your next big find. This excerpt is taken from Tips, Tools, and Techniques (University of North Texas Press, 2012). 

Antique restoration tools to keep on hand

Acid-free paper and boxes (available from craft stores and library and museum suppliers). Protects photographs, prints, and textiles.

Black light. A device that emits ultraviolet radiation (UV) light and can detect cracks in pottery and glue repairs in paper items.

Brushes. Soft-bristled baby brushes (try saying that quickly!) are great for cleaning the delicate fabric on lampshades. Makeup brushes are great for cleaning Christmas ornaments and dusting delicate items with crevices.

Chalk. Prevents silver from tarnishing.

Chamois. Great for polishing mirrors and glassware, but the cloth will dry stiff as a board. To keep chamois soft, dry them quickly outside in the wind or in front of a fan, or in the dryer on air-dry. They will remain soft and pliable.


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