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Historic Restoration and Conservation Services of Fredericksburg, VA

We provide custom restoration or conservation on historic books and paper items. We strive to provide the best workmanship and materials that will not adversely affect your historic item. All work will be documented in records and reports, which are available upon request.

First, let’s examine the definitions and what they mean for you:

Restoration

Restoration focuses on bringing the book back to a certain point in its history; whether you want the book to look new again, or return the book to working order, we have you covered! Most clients opt for this type of work, because they want to be able to use and show their family bible to other family members, or be able to read a much beloved book. This type of repair is likely to be cheaper, because there is less focus on preserving the current state of the book, so it takes less time.

Conservation

The goal of conservation is to preserve and stabilize your item as-is. This can be a time-consuming but valuable choice when you’re looking at a book or item that has value on the market. Such items might include first editions, famous signatures, rare books, or collectors’ items. This kind of work focuses on maintaining the item in its current state while ceasing active decay, mending vital damage that threatens the stability of the item. All work is done to ensure the item does not lose its monetary value or historical significance. Original material is preserved and carefully stabilized, using approved materials and methods that adhere to the strict ethics outlined by the American Institute for Conservation (AIC Code of Ethics).

PLEASE NOTE: We are not a valuation company. We cannot provide an accurate value to your item on the market, but we will be happy to refer you to local professionals who are practiced and trustworthy in the field.

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"The historical and cultural foundations of the Nation should be preserved as a living part of our community life and development in order to give a sense of orientation to the American people."

- Preamble to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966

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