Famous urn nursed back to life!

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Famous urn nursed back to life!

Here is an update on the story of the Florence Nightingale urn that had fallen into a sorry state of disrepair following over 150 years of weathering and frosts. The current owners of the house once lived in by the great founder of the nursing profession, asked Chilstone to preserve the urn as it was once in a photo with the famous lady (see story below). Here is the urn as it arrived at our Langton Green Workshop. This is the result of a century and a half in the outdoors in all weathers. The urn has been damaged by infilling with cement and has suffered frost damage on the rim. [caption id="attachment_1397" align="aligncenter" width="300"]A venerable urn in a sorry state - can it be saved? A venerable urn in a sorry state - can it be saved?[/caption] John Hallett, a very experienced craftsman, carefully rebuilt the vase and made a strong mould from it from which we have made a companion set of Nightingale vases (see below) which will have a new home in the original grounds of the college. [caption id="attachment_1408" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Its a complicated process.. Its a complicated process..[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1409" align="aligncenter" width="300"]...a very complicated process. ...a very complicated process.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1410" align="aligncenter" width="300"]with painstaking details with painstaking details[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1393" align="aligncenter" width="300"]John Hallett (left) with Production Manager Mark Crampton. John Hallett (left) with Production Manager Mark Crampton in the Chilstone workshops.[/caption] Here is the first of a new family of urns that will join the recovered urn at Embley Park. [caption id="attachment_1392" align="aligncenter" width="300"]A new lease of Life! A new lease of Life![/caption] What a beautiful urn! If you have a precious vase or ornament  that needs some TLC, perhaps we can help you to revive it for a new generation to enjoy!

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