Late Georgian Mahogany chest on chest

This is a piece I work on some time back. As is often the case with a piece this old, 200 years plus, It required extensive restoration and conservation work. There were many existing repairs and patches, some very old and some more recent. The old repairs that were well done were left, but many needed to be redone. The correct timber species, (Swietenia Macrophylla) was used and blended into the existing finish. Her are some photos.

 The piece finished

The piece finished

 Above is a photo of an old badly done repair, (it looks like a pine stud has been used to repair one of the feet).

Above is a photo of an old badly done repair, (it looks like a pine stud has been used to repair one of the feet).

 The old repair cut away. A finger join is used for strength, it is also makes it easer to disguise the repair and blend it into the existing finish.

The old repair cut away. A finger join is used for strength, it is also makes it easer to disguise the repair and blend it into the existing finish.

 The mahogany patch fitted and reagy to be glued in.

The mahogany patch fitted and reagy to be glued in.

 Stained and coloured in.

Stained and coloured in.

 This piece has a lovely cornice. Some of the details were missing or loose.

This piece has a lovely cornice. Some of the details were missing or loose.

 Small turnings and molding were replicated and replaced.

Small turnings and molding were replicated and replaced.

 The repaired cornice.

The repaired cornice.