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SubjectDate Asked
Roll top desk repair5/7/2009
  Q: I have a roll top desk in which the roll top has partially caved in when the top was closed. I ...
  A: well, if you are in Mass or southern NH come to my shop otherwise. I will try to help you with the ...
Mersman Table5/4/2009
  Q: I got this lovely table at a sale and would like to know the age, style and value, if possible. I do ...
  A: much better, thanks you have a round mahogany (sometimes called a tambour) table with a lyre base - ...
Antique upholstered rocking chair and stool4/28/2009
  Q: I purchased this about 25 yrs. ago, I was told that it was over 90 yrs. old at that time. To my ...
  A: good morning CJ you have an Eastlake rocker and stool - looks to be in very nice condition, most ...
brass on furniture4/24/2009
  Q: just bought a chest of drawers with brass handles,previous owner has brassoed the handles and ...
  A: hey stephanie easy fix soak them in warm water and remove the buildup with a soft nylon brush (old ...
Water Damage4/16/2009
  Q: We are dealing with an insurance company who has sent their own "furniture repair/refinishing" ...
  A: good morning first, I don't know anyone in fl who could help you although most of the reputable ...
Thomasville dresser4/12/2009
  Q: I have a tall 5 drawer (top 2 drawers have dividers) dresser that needs some repairs. It has a ...
  A: good morning christian the veneer is covering some type of base wood or particle board, if you ...
cedar chest3/31/2009
  Q: I just picked up a used cedar chest and found out that there are 2 slightly long cracks in the ...
  A: good morning Lorraine unless you are a skilled finisher I would suggest you leave the cracks alone, ...
moving antiques from humid to drier climate3/30/2009
  Q: Wiley, Thank you very much for being available to take my question. I am living in the Caribbean ...
  A: Ms Snow I think the best solution would be for me to move to the Caribbean and act as your personal ...
Antique rocker with cane back and seat3/24/2009
  Q: This old rocker is probably maple, and the cane seat and back were hand woven and attached via ...
  A: good morning Amy a good refinisher should be able to remove the finish without damaging the caning ...
secretary desk3/11/2009
  Q: I recently purchased this desk from an antique store. The information sticker that was attached to ...
  A: the photo helps what you have is a mission style oak slant front desk the dark color is due mostly ...
Antique Cedar Chest3/4/2009
  Q: I have a antique (circa 18??) cedare chest that has been in my family for years. It is handmade, ...
  A: good morning Lorena it sounds like you have a wooden (steamer) trunk although I could tell better ...
Cloudy Finish on DR Table2/23/2009
  Q: Bob. The finish 9on our dining room table has become cloudy in the past year and a half - this table ...
  A: good morning sue congrats on stopping smoking you and your furniture will be much better what you ...
fingerprints on unfinished wood2/9/2009
  Q: I have some unfinished wood cabinet doors which have not been stained. Due to everyday use, the oil ...
  A: unfortunately there is no product that will remove the fingerprints but you can sand them off I ...
Wooden Ansonia clock finials1/29/2009
  Q: Would you happen to know of anyone who could provide me with the correct walnut wooden finials for ...
  A: good morning Dennis any good restorations shop would be able to reproduce them for you using period ...
Old inner spring chair1/27/2009
  Q: How would I go about restoring a 1912ish inner spring club chair it has springs in the back, arms, ...
  A: good morning zachary if you have never upholstered a chair before you've picked a tough one to start ...
Duncan Fife or Phyfe1/24/2009
  Q: The correct name? I have found info on both spellings. I acquired all of my grandmothers furniture. ...
  A: good morning Denise the correct spelling is Phyfe and he made furniture in the early 1800's so what ...
Windsor Comb Back Rocking Chair1/5/2009
  Q: I purchased a windsor comb-back rocking chair at an auction with its original paint. Some of the ...
  A: good morning Monica beautiful chair you can tighten the spindles with a product call Chair Loc if ...
antique chair1/1/2009
  Q: We have enclosed a picture of this chair and we were hoping that you could identify it for us. It ...
  A: good morning Armand nice looking chair the wood may be mahogany, you can probably clean up the ...
Lane Cedar Chest12/29/2008
  Q: I received a lane cedar chest with upholstered top in 1970. It has scroll work on the front. The ...
  A: good morning Pam hope you had a good holiday in 1970 Lane was using a polyurethane finish which is a ...
repairing the split in my table top12/12/2008
  Q: We have an old dropped leaf table we would like to repair, if possible. There is a split in the ...
  A: good morning cheryl all is not lost to repair this type of damage in my shop i follow these steps: ...
re-covering Eastlake chairs - stuffing?12/1/2008
  Q: I am going to attempt to recover 2 Eastlake parlor chairs that have seat cushions and small back ...
  A: good morning Christi In a word yes - you can obtain new horsehair and excelsior but it is expensive ...
Off Gassing of old Drexel Lacquered desk12/1/2008
  Q: I purchased a Drexel black lacquered chinoiserie desk, which is supported by 2 bamboo pedestals. ...
  A: good morning Elaine some lacquers have a very distinct odor which may persist for some time a ...
chair question11/27/2008
  Q: http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0AcOGzFs2bOGLvI the above is for photos of the chair ...
  A: good morning Jim you have a Martha Wahington chair the wood is mahogany fortunately the cover needs ...
wingback chair11/14/2008
  Q: I'm unable to send a pic. My chair was stuffed with pig & horse hair, & straw. It is a wingback. Is ...
  A: good morning tiger (not woods i suppose) sounds like an interesting chair difficult to tell the age ...
Antique Rocking Chair11/13/2008
  Q: Wiley, I am trying to get some info on this platform rocker. My wife thinks it was purchased in the ...
  A: good morning mark I don't believe your rocker is american made - the lines look more European and I ...
Antique Rocker11/10/2008
  Q: I am trying to identify two things about this rocker. One - What is the name of the style and two - ...
  A: good morning Krista your rocker is probably a reproduction of a rococco period (mid 18th century) ...
General Idea - Is this a good piece?11/6/2008
  Q: Please see the attached image. This is a love seat that was in my parent's house - it is supposedly ...
  A: good morning arthur you have a reproduction victorian loveseat made in the 1950's there is not ...
Furniture manufacturer11/6/2008
  Q: We have a couple of chairs with layers of paint we want to refinish. We found a label on the seat ...
  A: good morning Jackie you might try softening the paint with lacquer thinner (use with plenty of ...
Rocking Chari11/3/2008
  Q: I bought this chair at a auction. They new nothing about it, it looks hand made. I cant find any ...
  A: good morning Joy your rocker is in the style of a Martha Washington chair the wood appears to be ...
Rocking Chair reup10/30/2008
  Q: I purchased an older rocking chair that needs the seat repaired. Can you tell me about how old the ...
  A: good morning Doug the chair is a shaker style ladder back which doesn't look that old given the ...
gooseneck rocking chair10/22/2008
  Q: I have this gooseneck rocking chair that was retrieved in pieces from an antique shop in bad shape ...
  A: your rocker is not a lincoln rocker but either a rose carved or grape carved rocker - take a look at ...
vandlized furniture10/20/2008
  Q: I have an very old secretary that my son inherited from his great great aunt. it was in storage ...
  A: good afternoon Yvonne sorry about your secretary the removal process is really going to depend on ...
VARNISH BATHROOM ANTIQUE10/15/2008
  Q: I recently mounted a vessel sink onto an old painted Chinese cabinet in a guest bathroom. Now am ...
  A: good morning JULIE WARNING!!!! be careful about using any solvent based finish as you might disslove ...
settee finish10/12/2008
  Q: Can you tell me what wood this settee is made of? It has a beautiful grain and is reddish. Also, ...
  A: good morning Annie the wood appears to be mahogany the age is a tougher question my first guess ...
Antuque Dresser10/11/2008
  Q: Wiley- My Mother purchased a couple of pieces at an estate sale about twelve years ago. I have no ...
  A: good morning Christina your pieces are typical of the arts and crafts period (around the 1920's) is ...
table10/10/2008
  Q: I was thinking about restoring this antique table from my mother but I am not sure what kind of ...
  A: hey George nice table I am assuming it has several leaves the question I always ask my clients - is ...
Childs morris chair10/7/2008
  Q: I have this childs morris chair. i am looking to find out any info. Age, value anything about ...
  A: good afternoon Susan very nice chair looks to be oak - cleans up very nicely usually with denatured ...
Lawrencia furniture makers and marks10/7/2008
  Q: My parents found me a small armoire at a thrift shop with a bottom drawer and double doors on it It ...
  A: good morning Lynell sounds like you are well on your way to an interesting restoration I use the ...
identifying a finish10/4/2008
  Q: I have a dresser & nightstand from an older (??) bedroom set in need of some restoration. I believe ...
  A: good morning Gen It sounds like you have 20h century furniture that was probably made prior to 1940 ...
unusual chair10/1/2008
  Q: I've attached pictures of a chair that I can't find information on. I have four of them. I would ...
  A: your chairs are a type of oak bentwood chair (kitchen chairs) the metal rods on the rungs are a ...
restoring an old perambulator9/26/2008
  Q: I don't know if you can help me, as a perambulator is not furiture per se, but I have puchased this ...
  A: good afternoon Becki the material is probably vinyl and you can purchase a similar material at any ...
To repaint or not to repaint...9/24/2008
  Q: I've just purchased a very unique art-deco bedroom suite at auction (single bed, night stand, ...
  A: good morning Mike I will tell you what I tell my clients - did you purchase the set as an investment ...
Lane Chairs9/18/2008
  Q: Hoping you can help or direct me. I recently received my grandmothers Lane dining room set and I'm ...
  A: good morning lori I am not sure you will find an exact match but if you have a good restoration guy ...
Removing paint stripper9/17/2008
  Q: We used a soy based stripper to remove layers of paint on our 200 year old twelve over twelve ...
  A: wow what a problem i resd the product info sheet provided by the manufacturer and don't really have ...
Restoring Old Chairs9/16/2008
  Q: I have a set of Burkhardt and Stomp East Lake chairs dated 1884 Ohio. The uphostery is lose fitting ...
  A: if the upholstery is in good condition, there is no reason to replace the fabric you can tighten up ...
Furniture Refinishing9/15/2008
  Q: I am refinishing/ restoring an old oak rocking chair as a gift for a relative. I am trying to ...
  A: WOW I don't think I have ever had so much information for a question, not convoluted at all just ...
Upholstery for a childs rocking chair9/12/2008
  Q: I inherited a unique childs rocking chair that is missing the upholstery on it. Can you tell me ...
  A: good afternoon vickie what you have is an arts and crafts period (1880-1910) childs rocking chair ...
need help refinishing a cherry china cabinet9/11/2008
  Q: I picked up a china cabinet that I fell in love with, got it home and it sunk in that it is going to ...
  A: good morning jessica I hope you don't care about your manicure because this is a little rough on the ...
Rocking Chair9/9/2008
  Q: I have recently found a " wing back" cane back and seat rocking chair with talon and ball feet on ...
  A: good morning jennifer very nice chair the ball and talon (ball and claw) is in the chippendale style ...
Chaise longue9/8/2008
  Q: I wondered if you can help me date a chaise longue. I've attached an image. I'm not sure if it's ...
  A: good morning Kate you have a victorian fainting couch - looks like it was recently upholstered the ...
old bed frames9/6/2008
  Q: I was wanting to date an old bed frame from my Great grandmother. It is metal, I think brass. It ...
  A: probably not brass but it sounds like and old iron bed Krylon makes great spray paint for metal (you ...
Mfg of platform rocker9/3/2008
  Q: Ho, I"m trying to learn about a pair of platform rockers in preparation for selling them. They were ...
  A: Good morning Shirley if there are manufacturer marks they would typically be on the inside of the ...
Chifferobe?9/1/2008
  Q: I have this piece received from my Mother who received it from her Mother. I am not sure what it is ...
  A: good morning Karen thanks for the photo You have an Armoire made in the 40's ot the 50's, the right ...
Nursing Chair?8/31/2008
  Q: I have just purchased this chair and I would like to know more about the style. I was told the ...
  A: good morning Sheila From the style the chair could be 100 years old, but on an upholstered piece you ...
how to care for this armoire??8/31/2008
  Q: I just purchased this piece of furniture yesterday. I know that it needs cleaned but am afraid of ...
  A: good morning Linda Interesting armoire it appears to be new construction the protection that I ...
rocking chair8/29/2008
  Q: I was wondering if you could tell me anything about this chair. The chair came from my grandmother ...
  A: good morning kristin your chair is made of oak, the seat appears to have a veneer laminate which i ...
refinish??8/29/2008
  Q: I have no idea what period of time this chest is from or if it has any antique value, therefore, I ...
  A: you have an eastlake (1880-1890) late Victorian period dresser or server. if it is a dresser it may ...
upholstered child's platform rocker8/27/2008
  Q: I have a child's upholstered platform rocker which my Father-in-Law restored (he was both a master ...
  A: good morning cheryl sorry i can't find anything in any of my usual sources about the company a lot ...
Oak dining chairs8/26/2008
  Q: I just purchased a set of 6 of these oak chairs and want to restore them to their original look. ...
  A: these were typically kitchen chairs in the 30's, 40's and 50's they are made of oak and were covered ...
Antique Chair8/21/2008
  Q: I just purchased this chair at an auction. The style is very confusing and I just can't seem to date ...
  A: This appears to be a chair from the arts and cradts period (late 19th -early 20th century)and would ...
library table8/21/2008
  Q: I have in my possession an antique library table that came out of an old Chicago public school ...
  A: good morning Mark Without a photo I am just guessing butI have seen tables similar to yours that are ...
Chifferobe8/13/2008
  Q: I have a oak Chifferobe that was purchased at auction the year I was born. it has 6-1-07 in maybe a ...
  A: without a photo your request is going to be tough but here goes what you have described is an ...
wardrobe or chifferobe8/12/2008
  Q: I have a maple piece of furniture thats been in the family for years and cannot find information on ...
  A: good morning Pat it sounds like you have a Victoria Armoire, probably from around the 1860's but it ...
Duncan Fife Table8/10/2008
  Q: My aunt has what she thinks is a Duncan Fife table. She's had it for a very long time but has just ...
  A: Duncan Phyfe (correct spelling) made furniture in the early 1800's in the New York area and it is ...
mahogany drop leaf table8/6/2008
  Q: Can you tell me how to tell if an antique table is solid mahogany or mahogany veneer? I could not ...
  A: good morning sue you have to look closely at the edge of the table if you see a line less than 1/16" ...
Antique platform rocker7/28/2008
  Q: I have come across a few web sites where you answer questions about furniture. I have an old chair ...
  A: Good morning Sue very nice rocker i would date it to about 1850 and is in the style of a socalled ...
antique leather morris chair7/27/2008
  Q: I have just had the wooden portion of an antique leather quarter sawn oak morris chair restored. ...
  A: good morning in my opinion I think you have to ask yourself, do you want an investment or do you ...
antique kitchen cabinet7/24/2008
  Q: I recently purchased an antique kitchen cabinet from a consignment store who did not know any info ...
  A: are you sure the piece is made of pine?? Most Hoosiers were made of oak and often made in the ...
Repair Question7/23/2008
  Q: I recently bought an upholstered platform rocking chair at a flea market, knowing that it needed ...
  A: you are missing a double spring mechanism that attaches the chair to the platform you might be able ...
chair7/21/2008
  Q: Bought this chair at a garage sale for 10 dollars. Do you think it is worth anything more?Can send ...
  A: good morning your chair is from the arts and crafts period it appears to be made of oak with a ...
Antique Dining Set Needs Arm Chairs7/18/2008
  Q: I have recently inherited my great grandmother's oak table with 4 side chairs. After refinishing ...
  A: what you have is a so called Lyre Back chair. You should be able to find a close match in ...

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All types of repair and restoration questions regarding wooden and upholstered pieces. I am not an appraiser and therefore cannot answer value questions

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Restorations By Lord Robert is a full service furniture repair and restoration studio located in the greater Amesbury/Newburyport area specializing in projects all over the New England region, many of them on-site. Among the types of jobs performed by the craftsman are the repair and restoration of all types of wooden and upholstered furniture as well as leather and vinyl furniture repairs. We also repair and restore mantel and floor, such as grandfather, clocks. The craftsman has about 35 years of experience. The firm can perform true restoration and has expertise in the restoration of 18th and 19th century finishes, construction, upholstery methods and materials. We are as comfortable with antiques as well as new furniture and are an authorized service center for many manufacturers including Howard Miller, Lane Furniture, Berkline, Benchcraft, Bradington Young, Catnapper, La-Z-Boy, Palliser Furniture, Rowe Furniture, Clayton Marcus and furniture warranty companies such as Guardian Products Guard-Master Ultra Shield and Guardsman.

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BS degree from Loyola college, many industry courses in wood repair and restoration and leather and vinyl repair

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