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What is the difference between conservation and restoration?

The difference between conservation and restoration often confuses people. Most people are accustomed to the term restoration. However, the difference between these processes is significant. Conservation seeks to stabilize and preserve what already exists by using minimally invasive materials and techniques. Restoration, on the other hand, seeks to make an object appear like new, a process that can be invasive and may require the removal of original material.

"Conservation involves examination, scientific analysis, and research to determine original structure, materials, and extent of loss. Conservation also encompasses structural and environmental treatment to retard future deterioration." (American Institute for Conservation)

How long does treatment take?

The length of treatment depends on the extent of the damage and the complexity of the object. At the initial appointment, the item will be given a brief assessment and we will provide you with an estimate on the number of hours involved to reach your desired result.

What materials to you work with?

We work with a wide range of materials, including ceramics, glass, metal, stone, leather and various organic materials. We do not work on paintings or textiles. If you have a question about a particular material, please contact us.
Can you assess the value of my items?

Unfortunately, no, as it would be a conflict of interest. However, you can consult the Appraisers Association of America to find a professional appraiser near you. 

appraisals important?

It depends on the item. A family heirloom may be priceless to a loved one but only worth a few hundred dollars on eBay. However, rare items and pieces of artwork can be extremeley valuable and knowing their value is important, as your storage, display and treatment of the item should preserve that value as much as possible.

Related Organizations:

American Institue for Conservation

Conservation On-Line

National Park Service Conserve O-Gram

Western Association for Art Conservation
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