Butler and Castell provide a very meticulous approach to conservation; cleaning, preserving and restoring original gilt work applied to wood, metal, glass and other surfaces. Whether it is interior or exterior conservation required our in depth knowledge and expertise is invaluable for both researching and tackling your conservation projects and providing a solution.

The Trafalgar drape (right) decorated the side of the funeral carriage which carried the body of Lord Horatio Nelson from the River Thames to St Paul's Cathedral during his funeral procession. The restoration and gilding on this drape is an example of a recent conservation project which we undertook on behalf of Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service.

Traces of water gilding were found beneath bronze paint which had been applied to the surface of the letters stitched to the silk drape.  We removed this bronze paint saving the original gilding and restoring badly damaged areas of the gilt work.

Order of the star of the garter mirror (right), Circa 1800. A large and very important mirror produced at the London workshops of Thomas Fentham. The mirror has been carefully dry stripped preserving the original gilding and unusual indigo blue  paint surface.

Warwick Castle Torcheres (right). The original 18th century gilding has been cleaned and sympathetically restored.

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Butler and Castell,
Market Place,
Reepham Norfolk,
NR10 4JJ
01603 872 725

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Butler and Castell are members of BAFRA and ICON