Restoration & Repair
'Antique Taxidermy tells a story of a time period filled with exciting scientific discoveries
and expeditions into the 'uncivilised' world.'
The Spirit Keeper offers a sympathetic repair and restoration service, taking great care in returning your taxidermy or case as closely as possible to original naturalistic condition, in keeping with the age of the piece. If your problem isn't listed below, you are still welcome to make contact, as if Trudy cannot help, she probably knows someone who can!
• Cleaning service for taxidermy (Cleaning of fur & feather)
• Cleaning or restoring case interiors
• Replacement of decor on bases and case interiors
• Tooth, Horn & Antler repair.
• Filling/Obscuring holes & scratches.
The Spirit Keeper also offers a sanitation and repair service for furs, stoles, muffs , hats and whole hides
•Cleaning & refreshing
•Repairing Lining & Relining
•Replacement of broken/ missing eyes using specialist hand made glass eyes.
•Repair/replacement noses (Stoles etc)
•Fur rips & holes repair
An estimate* will usually be given, taking into account what you have told Trudy in your description of the damage
and what is seen via the accompanying required colour photographs.
Bare in mind that this estimate may alter once the piece has been physically assessed by Trudy.
Example of Past Restoration work ~ Before repair & after
The 'Small Print' bit.
It is worth remembering that whilst all specimens will be handled with the utmost care, without exact knowledge of the
original chemicals used to preserve it (some are unheard of), there is the possibly that an adverse reaction may occur when using modern chemicals. The customer must be fully aware that all taxidermy specimens are left at the customers own risk. To take account of possible unforeseen developments, The Spirit Keeper will aim to provide several estimates based on various circumstances, including the worst-case scenario. This is done to prevent you from being surprised by the costs.
* An estimate is an educated guess at what a job may cost - but it is not binding.
*A non returnable deposit is required to cover the costs of the time sourcing, and obtaining 'specimen specific' items required for the restoration of your taxidermy.
•An estimate* of the cost can not be given, until the specimen has been physically assessed by Trudy in order to ascertain
the restoration that may be required. This will then be discussed in detail with the client.
•All work undertaken requires written consent from the customer and a non returnable* deposit having been paid.
•All restoration & repair work is charged at an hourly rate, plus costs of materials used.
• The customer informed throughout the entire process.
•If on physical inspection, the specimen is considered beyond my expertise, or beyond economical or financial repair,
the customer will be advised immediately with no costs incurred.
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