Then there are those big old heavily engraved silver blotter, boy do they take some cleaning!....this one has had that much silver polish over the years it's rotted the willow calf it was mounted on!
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So first I'm going to carefully remove the silver plate taking care to keep the original nails, and then remove the leather (what's left of it) from the bevelled wooden board, re-sand the old glue off the wooden board and cut a new board to the same size. New leather is cut and pared and the boards mounted and turned in.
The cover is then covered with tallow as a whole and blind tooling commences using a series of left and right small tools The borders are then tooled with fillet rolls The tallow is then removed and the cover polished with a hot polishing iron.
The silk is cut for the back liner and a wallet is formed also. The silver plate is polished and attached to the wooden board.....Job done!...And now we have two valuable Tiffany blotters saved from extinction.