Patina (as defined on Wikipedia) – is a thin layer that forms on the surface of stone; copper, bronze and similar metals (tarnish produced by oxidation or other chemical processes); a sheen on woodenfurniture produced by age, wear, and polishing; or any such acquired change of a surface through age and exposure. Patinas can provide a protective covering to materials that would otherwise be damaged by corrosion or weathering. They may also be aesthetically appealing.
Now I have mentioned before that I love to hate the word, mainly due to it being so common and overused thanks to the likes of TV shows such as Pawnstars/American Restoration/American Pickers/etc. In saying that though, it’s a great descriptive word that describes the finish on so many of the items/pieces I come across.
In the pictures below you can clearly see the patina on the nickel plate finish on an antique display cabinet I am in the middle of restoring.
Now some may cringe at removing years of ‘patina’ from the nickel plate finish (using Autosol and fine steel wool), however in this case you have to ask yourself what is the purpose of the piece being restored?
Well in this case, it’s an antique display cabinet. The nickel plate was meant to bright , shiny and polished. You’d walk into a store and bam! It’d be the first thing to catch your eye and lure you over to browse through the goodies it contained so for me it’s a no brainer.
In the next week or so I’ll do a blog post on another piece where the total opposite applies!
A few months ago I came across an unusual teapot that was labeled as being made from an ‘old shell’. It was in pretty good condition, bar the fact that the solder on the hinge had come loose. Fast forward to just last weekend, and I come across another teapot by the same manufacturer. This one is made out of stainless steel and has a mid century look to it and just like the teapot from months earlier, the original pin from the hinge is missing.
Let’s hope the universe isn’t trying to tell me something! LOL
They won’t take too much to repair, and I look forward to cleaning them up and getting them online.
I couldn’t help but notice the similarities between a chair I recently came across on eBay and the Fler E31 Chair. For those not familiar below I have attached an original advert for the Fler chair along with a small colour image (sorry – couldn’t find anything larger at the time).
The interesting thing about the eBay chair is the use of materials. The original Fler chairs above date from the late 1950’s (1959 for the newspaper ad) and are manufactured from teak and use a newer design metal spring for the seat/back support.
I would say that the eBay chair (pictured above & below)) is slightly older, possibly dating from the early 50’s and is manufactured from a hardwood (looks to be Victorian Ash) and is sprung using Jute webbing and large springs for the seat support.
I definitely think there is a strong resemblance between the 2, however without any info on the original manufacturer of the eBay chair at this stage it may just be a coincidence…….
So, what would a restorer like this set you back? Well, currently it’s sitting at $11! And with just under 48 hours left on the auction you may just be able to pick up a bargain.
To find, just search eBay for Vintage 50s Modernist Chair Snelling Meadmore Atomic Era Project Old Retro Decor.
Whilst browsing eBay this week I came across a piece of furniture I’ve been lucky enough to of ‘found’ before. It’s a 3 piece Parker lounge suite with what I think are possibly some of the best curves on an Australian made lounge suite from the Mid Century era. Just check out how the arm supports curve beautifully around the rear of the single/three seater! Not to mention the grain of the timber, AMAZING!
Now above I did mention that I ‘found’ mine……..Yep, thats right, driving home one night on a local council clean up week out of the corner of my eye I spotted the rattan back of a single chair sticking out of a pile of rubbish. I looped back around the block for a closer look and sure enough there it was, along with the matching 3 seater (frames only). I couldn’t believe my luck!
To check this unreal piece of Australian, mid century design furniture, just search eBay for ‘Vintage Parker 3 seater wrap around lounge’. Currently priced @ $338 for the 3 seater and $449 for the 2 matching chairs with 4 days left!