Mahogany American Empire Settee c. 1830 Restoration

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Project by Luke Addington posted 03-22-2017 05:22 PM 1361 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A recent restoration I completed on a Mahogany American Empire Settee. It is also sometimes called a bustle bench or slipper sofa. It would sit at the foot of the bed and when a lady retired for the evening she would sit there to change clothes and get ready for bed. A very romantic piece and I’m very grateful my client allowed me to restore it properly.

I wrote a blog post detailing in depth the restoration of this piece. There are about 50 photos so it’s a bit too much to try and post in the space here.

-- Luke,

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#1 posted 03-22-2017 05:30 PM

Looks great Luke.
I saw this piece when Luke was working on it. He is doing top quality restorations. Everything is restored with period correct materials and methods. He’s good!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#2 posted 03-22-2017 05:39 PM

Thank you very much Paul!

-- Luke,

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#3 posted 03-22-2017 05:59 PM

Nicely done sir!

-- There' are two theories to arguin' with a woman. Neither one works.

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#4 posted 03-22-2017 06:00 PM

Neat. I am going to try to keep my space that clean.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#5 posted 03-22-2017 06:17 PM

Thank you guys!

Patrice, it is only ever this clean for photos!

-- Luke,

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#6 posted 03-22-2017 06:35 PM

Great work Luke!!

-- Filip Le Marqueteur

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#7 posted 03-22-2017 07:51 PM

Beautiful work Luke.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#8 posted 03-22-2017 08:55 PM

great looking piece
you have a much fancier workspace than I do :)

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#9 posted 03-22-2017 09:47 PM

Thanks everyone!

-- Luke,

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#10 posted 03-23-2017 02:56 AM


-- Rick M,

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#11 posted 03-23-2017 10:34 AM

This is a beautiful piece and you sure have done a beautiful job of restoring it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 03-24-2017 02:42 PM

Hey Luke thanks for the blog tutorial with pictures. Very well documented. Project turned out very nice!

-- ~ Guy Woodward, Pflugerville Texas

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