Restoration is at the heart of Fileman Antiques with a wealth of knowledge passed down through the generations. We are considered one of the worlds leading specialists in English cut glass antique lighting.

The in house team use traditional methods to maintain authenticity and quality. Our approach is transparent, restoring antiques back to their former glory for future generations.

All stock on our website has been fully restored by ourselves and a full list of repairs is available on request.

Glass Restoration

It is inevitable that after so many years of existence elements become chipped or damaged, this is part of the history of the piece. We will always endeavour to repair an old component rather than having a replacement made.

We hold a vast stock of antique lighting parts, this enables us to ensure that all our lighting fixtures have the correct period components where possible.

With modern methods many glass repairs can seem to be invisible but with most chips it is necessary to either reduce the item or it may be possible to fill with a clear resin.

In some cases however when a component is missing or beyond repair we do have to replicate a piece. Our skilled glass cutters can reproduce the most complex pieces to original patterns, maintaining the same quality of cutting and finishing.


Refurbishment of metalwork is sometimes necessary where parts are worn or damaged. Our metalwork department can replicate turnings, spinnings and cast missing parts as well as repairing broken pieces.
We can re-create many different metal finishes including gilding, silvering, gilt lacquer and bronzing. If an antique finish is required we can also colour match to any sample.

Published on: 7 May 2022