Pre Treatment Condition:
Upon first inspection actual significant breakage was thought
to be limited to three areas only. The arm, which was broken
across the middle of the curve and its associated joinery which
were loose. The other two areas being both head end sides - broken
though at/near seat rails. The joinery overall appeared to be
tight with only minor shrinkage cracks in the wood at tops of
The wood was extensively light bleached and weathered, without
perceptible finish (some wax finish on the less degraded side).
Caning appeared to have been recently done and was intact.
The goal was to repair broken members and address the degraded
appearance. Treatment was to remove caning to allow disassembly
and access of broken members, disassemble frame as necessary,
repair broken sections with tinted epoxy resin. Further, it would
be necessary to clean off the old glue residues from joinery
faces and reassemble repaired members with hot hide glue.
Additionally, the owner originally desired to have the wood
darkened somewhat and a dye and/or stain was to be applied overall
to more closely approximate Rosewood color. The frame would have
then been paste waxed and polished. It was later decided to leave
the piece "as is".