This is a Georgian handrail in a grade 1 listed building situated in historic Queens Square, Bath.
Beginning of the process: stripping back the years of neglect to reveal the antique pine underneath. much care had to be taken with this as I was working against finished paintwork and over carpet, over five stories!
Slowly working my way down, under the watchful eye of the old fella!
And now from the bottom to the top, using an antique mahogany stain to begin to bring the handrail back to its original glory.
Stained and sealed with a shellac sealer, ready for French polishing
And, finished. The French polish was applied first using a fad, which is a piece of mutton cloth. Then, a rubber (rag and wadding) with special pale polish, pumice powder and linseed oil. Lastly, a spirit rubber to pull the polish flat.
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