Since 1837 Tiffany and Co have been producing quality fine crafted goods that have stood the test of time. Those that have been neglected but have still survived usually end up in the workshop of a craftsman like myself, not only to restore the item but also to retain the quality where full restoration is not practical.
Here's a few examples in 'Before' and 'After' photographs
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This is a rare silk lined tortoiseshell blotter from Tiffany & Co London circa 1869
The silk has perished, so has the leather.
The tortoiseshell has a zinc support frame with a mounted hallmarked silver frame over it held together with tiny silver nails.
I've removed the silk from the liners and I'm re-using the original liner boards and re-make with new matching silk. The tortoiseshell and silver frame are cleaned and restored and a new back is cut,shaped and covered in a natural veg tanned calf which is then coloured using 2 fermented vegetable dyes. The cover is then coated with a "tallow" to prevent the tools burning into the surface of the leather.
The tallow is removed after blind tooling and the covers married together. The silk linings are glued in place and a silk ribbon is attached to the spine centre to hold in the original blotter. After restoration it is lined with a hand marbled paper cover.