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Steve DelAcqua

"The preservation and conservation of fine antiques."

Manhattan Restorations "The preservation and conservation of fine antique furnishings" Manhattan Restorations offers a complete line of restorative and conservation services, with a passion and unrelentless drive to save as many pieces of American history as we possibly can. Specializing in authentic restoration and saving original finishes. With woods up to 300 years old and over 33 years experience in fine wood-working techniques.To set an appointment or discuss your fine antiques inquiry please contact our restoration department. (413)529-1199,email us at or visit our website at MANHATTAN RESTORATIONS "Preserving America's History One Peice At A Time" Offering a complete line of UPHOLSTRY services.......Repairs,Fabrics, Leather,Restoration.........................Call Us 529-1199

I grew up surrounded by old seaside Victorian homes on the South Shore of Long Island. My love of "old cool stuff" was first evidenced by weekly bike pilgrimages to garages sales, and later, researching old maps in my hometown library to locate historical dumpsites. Armed with spades and shovels, my friends and I would unearth bottles and fragments of china that felt like treasure. My early passion for "cool old stuff" developed into an appreciation of antiques. However, this fascination stemmed far beyond mere "collecting" - I had an insatiable curiosity to learn how things were made, who made them, and why. Often I would study the furniture in the homes of my friends, and think, "how did they make this?" which was likely not typical concern of most thirteen-year-old-boys staring at a dining room chair. Later, I began taking woodworking classes that resulted in the creation of a 22-foot-long tong boat that housed the summers of my teenage years on the Great South Bay as a clammer. Upon graduating from high school, I moved to New Orleans where I was trained as a journeyman pattern maker. I lived in a city with a vibrant history and I was fascinated by its old homes and endless stocks of furniture made by master cabinetmakers of the 1700 and 1800s. I drifted away from pattern making and began dabbling in antiques, and eventually, became fully-immersed within the field of authentic antique restoration and conservation. I never thought my love of digging up old bottles was anything more than the 'grooviest' way to spend a weekday afternoon. As founder and Chief Arts Conservator of Manhattan Restorations, I've been fortunate to be able to do what I love for a living and dedicate my life to where my heart has always been.

Nine years ago Manhattan Restorations moved its main operation to Easthampton, MA. It has been with great pleasure and pride to offer my services to the local community as well as juggle my expertise for my clients in Manhattan including collectors, dealers and celebrities throughout the United States. Manhattan Restorations offers internships to the local area colleges. Complete restoration, conservation, repairs, frames, leather top installations, wood turnings, marble restoration, hand-rubbed shellac, varnish, oil finishes, Oriental and European lacquers, polishing, upholstery, gilding, caning, veneering, insurance claims, fire restoration, water damage, and mold remediation are just some of the services that we offer.