Marianne Kelsey restored a deteriorating 150-page family scrapbook, dating from the 1860s and 70s. The contents—newspaper articles, Civil War documents, and letters assembled by my great grandfather, a Confederate drummer boy—have historical value; however they are, to me, priceless.
I selected Ms. Kelsey, after interviewing several conservators, some of them with national reputations and large staffs. She immediately tuned in to what I wanted and walked me through my options, as no other company or individual was able to do. I feel like I got the best of both worlds: personalized, sensitive attention and top-drawer expertise and skill. I appreciated being able to deal directly with the technician doing the job. I was struck with her passion for her craft and her love of historical books and papers.
Thanks to Marianne, I possess a family treasure that I am confident will be enjoyed by many future generations.”
The large victorian-era etching of “The Prodigal Son” has graced the front hall of my historic home since I bought it at auction in the early 1990s. While a beautiful piece, it was very dirty from past neglect. Marianne cleaned and restored it beyond my expectations — I was delighted with the outcome!”