Re­viv­ing dam­aged an­tiques

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Shopper’s An­tiques se­lec­tion is a pop­u­lar read for col­lec­tors of vintage wares look­ing for the lat­est ad­di­tion to their trea­sure trove of yes­ter­year.

Own­ers of an­tique fur­nish­ings af­fected by flood­ing in Jan­uary will be pleased to learn their prized pos­ses­sions may be able to be re­stored.

Queens­land An­tique Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (QADA) vice pres­i­dent Graham See of Bris­bane An­tiques at Al­bion said the as­so­ci­a­tion had set up a ser­vice to help those need­ing ad­vice on in­surance claims and an­tique re­pairs fol­low­ing the floods.

“Lots of peo­ple sim­ply threw out an­tique fur­ni­ture be­cause they didn’t know how to re­pair it, which is why we are of­fer­ing this ser­vice,” Mr See said.

“De­pend­ing on the level of work re­quired, we can ad­vise peo­ple on what they need to do and if we don’t have the in­for­ma­tion, we know plenty of peo­ple who are ex­perts in their field.

“For ex­am­ple, we have mem­bers who have ex­per­tise in de­tailed in­laid, French an­tiques, and so on.”

Mr See said dur­ing the floods his ware­house at Al­bion was in­un­dated with 40 cen­time­tres of wa­ter cov­er­ing the floor, re­quir­ing fur­ni­ture to be moved to higher ground.

He said an art col­lec­tor friend in Mil­ton was not so lucky with his an­tiques af­fected by flood wa­ter, which Mr See's team are now work­ing on restor­ing.

“We are wash­ing it all be­cause it’s pos­si­ble to bring it back to its orig­i­nal con­di­tion which is what many peo­ple don’t re­alise,” he said.

“One of our re­stor­ers, Meade Mur­phy, has posted a video on how to re­store and re­pair flood­dam­aged fur­ni­ture and put it on YouTube. He’s one of the re­stor­ers we send out to re­vive the pol­ish on flood-af­fected an­tique fur­ni­ture.

“An­other ser­vice we pro­vide is val­u­a­tions as many peo­ple need to have their an­tiques re­placed or re­paired and their in­surance com­pa­nies re­quire val­u­a­tions.

“QADA is happy to be in a po­si­tion to of­fer ad­vice on dam­aged an­tiques.”

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