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Repairs and Restoration

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Preserving Artistry:

Nantucket basket repairs have always been a part of my work that I find fulfilling and interesting.  It gives me the opportunity to see many different styles, shapes, and techniques dating back as far as the 1850's!  The most common repairs are of course handbags.  Typically the cane wrapped leather hinges need to be replaced every 10 years or so.  I take the time to dye the cane I repair the baskets with to make the repair as close as possible to the original color.

Costs for repairs will vary based on the complexity and extent of damage.  For handbags, hinges are $60.00 each to replace, additional work (the lashing often must be repaired) is done on an hourly basis.  Nantucket handbags made in the last 50 years range in value from $1500 - 10,000, so an investment of several hundred for repairs is almost always a smart move.  

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Send in Your Baskets Anytime for Winter Repairs

I only have time to work on repairs during the winter months, usually January through March. If you are thinking of sending a basket to me for repair, you may send it when you like. It will be safe here at the shop, or you may want to hold on to it until late fall/early winter. 

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Repairs & Restoration

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