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Conservation and Restoration of Horse-Drawn Vehicles by Marc Williams

A valuable reference source and guide for museums, conservators, restorers, and private collectors. Comprehensive information by a conservator specifically about the conservation of horse-drawn vehicles - Written by Marc Williams, President of American Conservation Consortium Ltd. Guidelines for selecting a conservator written by the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. The chemical analysis of varnish for horse-drawn vehicles, giving conservators needed information to be better informed in their choice of treatment. Information to help private collectors and museums make choices about conservation. Information on the technical examination and microscopic analysis of painted horse-drawn vehicles - Written by James Martin, Director of Analytical Services and Research, and Associate Conservator of Paintings, at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center. Restoration chapters include - wheels, axles, springs, lamps, brush painting, spray painting, color, striping, preparing for restoration.

Chapter on springs written by Norman Yoeder of Wana Coach Shop.

A chapter on lamps written by Rick Bishoff of the Luminary Shoppe.

The spray painting chapter - written by Darell Shannon of Bluegrass Carriages.

The purpose of this book is to help the owner of a horse drawn vehicle conserve and/or restore his vehicle in order to enhance its value or conserve an irreplaceable historical artifact. Conserving and restoring a horse-drawn vehicle is a complex undertaking that requires the skills of a wide variety of artisans and craftsmen knowledgeable in crafts that are no longer widely practiced or well understood. Any deviation from the materials or structures used in the original design drastically reduce the monetary and historical value of the vehicle.

This book, therefore, sets out to define the levels of conservation and restoration, the specific steps involved in restoration, the sources for materials and special tools necessary for the work, and, most important, names of some of the craftsmen and artisans skilled in the special talents required to produce excellent results.

In addition to the steps involved in conservation and restoration, the book provides some historical background on the design, engineering and manufacture of horse-drawn vehicles to help the present owner understand the value of proper conservation/restoration, and gain an appreciation for the ingenuity and brilliant skills the original builders exercised in producing his vehicle. Soft cover.

Code No. 012685, 230 pages, $52.00

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