A Manual of Mending & Repairing Antiques

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Read Books, Jan 1, 2006 - Antiques & Collectibles - 284 pages
Originally published in London 1896. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Home Farm Books are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork. A thorough knowledge of the art of repairing, mending, or restoring various objects and antiques is of very great value, since there is no antique business or household in which it is not often called for.Contents Include: Materials used in mending. Mending broken China, Porcelain, Crockery, Majolica, Terra Cotta, Brick and Tile Work. Mending Glass. Wood Shavings in mending and making many objects. Repairing Woodwork. Repairing and restoring Books, Manuscripts, and Papers. Papier-Mache. Repairing Toys. Mending Stone-Work, Mosaics, Ceresa Work, Porcelain or Crockery Mosaic. Repairing Ivory. Repairing Amber. Mending India Rubber Shoes and Making Garments waterproof. Mending Metal-Work. Repairing Leather Work. Mending Hats etc by Felting. Invisible Mending of Garments, Lace and Embroideries. Mending Mother of Pearl and Coral. Restoring and Repairing Pictures. General Recipes.

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About the author (2006)

Charles Godfrey Leland was born in Philadelphia on August 15, 1824, the eldest child of commission merchant Charles Leland and his wife Charlotte. Leland loved reading and language. When he moved to Europe to study law, he became intrigued with German culture, gypsy lore, the language of Romany, and Shelta, an ancient dialect spoken by Irish and Welsh gypsies. After his law studies were completed, Leland became a journalist, working for such periodicals as P.T. Barnum's Illustrated News, Vanity Fair, and Graham's Magazine. The mid-to-late 1850s were very eventful for Leland; he published his first book, Meister Karl's Sketch-Book in 1855 and married Eliza Bella Fisher in 1856. What probably clinched his fame was "Hans Breitmann's Party" a German dialect poem that he wrote under the pen name Hans Breitmann and that captured the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect and humor. While he was best known for his essays, poetry, and humor, Leland also firmly believed that the industrial arts were the keys to a good education, and he wrote many textbooks on the subject. Leland spent most of the latter part of his life in Europe, writing a wealth of books. He died in Florence, Italy, on March 20, 1903.

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