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Restoring vintage tortoiseshell antique
June 16, 2015
I am looking for some advice on the restoration of a vintage box.
It is intended to be a gift to my granddaughter as a tooth fairy box.
The article is solid silver with a tortoiseshell lid which is also inlaid with silver.
It is at least 200 years old and probably much older.
The shell is dull viewed from above, but quite vibrant from beneath the lid.
I suspect that polishing the silver inlay in the lid over the centuries has contributed to the dulling.
What can be done to preserve this artifact?
regular contributor - Newcastle, NSW Australia
June 17, 2015
A. Try this link:
There are many excellent object conservators in Australia. Hope it helps and good luck!