Priestly Sideboard Repaired and Restored

This sideboard, by Baltimore furniture maker Edward Priestly (1178-1837), had lost luster over time. The original shellac had degraded, particularly toward the bottom of the legs. Surfaces and detailed edge moldings had suffered damage.

Miller Fenwood replaced broken parts in mahogany, the original material, using 18th century tools and carpentry methods. The French polish was also refreshed with period-appropriate materials and practices.

For more about the maker, see “A New Suspect: Baltimore Cabinetmaker Edward Priestly,” by Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley.

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2 responses

  1. Karin, what a beautiful furniture restoration project! I love Priestly’s the original design of the sideboard with the regal faces carved into the legs. Your restoration really helps bring out the beauty in the wood and it’s design.

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