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Re: 1920s wicker repair and value

Posted By: A.W.Martin <redcoat1771@yahoo.com> (ip142177157229.ns.aliant.net)
Date: 7/13/4 15:45

In Response To: 1920s wicker repair and value (Dana Allen)

Hi! wicker furniture is made by the same process and materials used in basket weawing.The techniques are basically the same so that some forms of chairs are often called basket chairs. The restoration of wicker furniture can be a little tricky.Most types garden chairs and so forth,consist of a framework of thick cane or willow rod wich is fixed roughly together with nails or woven cane.Often this structure relies partly on the interwoven lattice work of osier rods which is then structured around the frame.The breaking and weakening of the weave causes a kind of chain reaction so that you will often find you can push up the top half of the chair in all directions,while it creaks like crazy. white (painted)wicker work should be washed in a strong solution of salt water and dried with a cloth.To pull the water out completely choose a sunny day and leave the piece outside.This will also help with the bleaching effect. Antique wicker work or early 20th century pieces command an amazing price,particularly small children's chairs.Do check with the dealer before repairing and cleaning if you have selling in mind.Sometimes they prefer to do the work themselves,or get a professional to do it.Hot water should NEVER be used to clean wicker,be it old or new.Each piece of osier rod has a natural polish which part of its strenght.The heat will cause the water to penetrate and destroy this. Avoid the use of soaps and household cleaners and sodas as well. Brown Wicker furniture is best cleaned by rubbing with a rag dipped in Kerosene. Good Luck have fun. Regards A.W.Martin

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