Archive for November, 2009

The restoration piece finally made it back to Bob Mills.  It had quite a trip getting back home.  England was in the midst of a postal strike and then customs also became a problem.  However, the nutcracker is at it’s home and Bob emailed us to let us know he received it…..

“Well, he’s finally arrived, what a GREAT job! He looks fabulous, how on earth did you manage to get the patina to match so well ? presumably the ‘new’ boxwood was a much lighter colour originally ?

The fact that he stands without support is definitely a bonus, he looks very happy in my cabinet amongst some other treasures.”

Restoration - Before

Restoration - Before

Restoration - After

Restoration - After



Now that we know Bob is happy with the restoration I can show our payment for the work done.   Brandon originally contacted Bob in July regarding purchasing a couple nutcrackers for our anniversary.  Bob and Brandon bartered for the restoration work to be done.  In return for the restoration Bob would give three nutcrackers for our new collection.  These are the three…..

Our New Nutcrackers

Our New Nutcrackers

Lady With Headscarf

Lady With Headscarf

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Man On Stump

Metal Skull - and - Bones

Metal Skull - and - Bones

We are absolutely thrilled with the three pieces we received.   Brandon made some awesome stands for them so they can be displayed on our mantle.

Thanks to Bob for the wonderful opportunity of working on such a great old nutcracker.  It was an exciting project and it turned out to be a very special piece.  Also, thank you for helping our new collection grow!

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