Bible Restoration Services - Send-Out Book Repairs
Whether your bible is for display or for use, restoring it will help preserve it for generations to come. The goal with Bible restoration is to do everything necessary to get the book back into functional condition and restore the original details that made it unique.
Spine Repairs and Restoration:
Bible repairs often focus on the spine, as that is the most common area of concern. Antique models are often missing the spine all together, requiring a full replacement. Heavy display Bibles often have torn spines that require repair, but can still be salvaged. If the Bible requires new leather, every effort is made to find an antiqued color to match the original. Details like the raised bands often found on period Bibles can be carefully recreated for an authentic appearance.
Another common binding problem occurs with books that have glued spines. The modern method of producing Bibles reduced costs, but resulted in a lower-quality product that was prone to loose pages. For Bibles with glued spines, over-sewing is available to firmly attach the pages to the spine and prevent further loss. The newly sewn spines are then covered with leather to hide the stitching.
For particularly ornamental Bibles, hand stamped embellishments on the spine are common. The embellishments add a level of decoration when the book is shelved. When replacing a spine, efforts are made to recreate the embellishments that would have been present on the original piece. This can includes humps on the spine, lettering, stamped designs and more. The level of ornamentation on the spine should match that of the cover without being distracting or overdone.
If enough of the old spine is present, the old spine can be attached to a new piece of leather to act as a cap. The new leather becomes the functional spine while the old leather covers the piece for decorative purposes.
Page Repairs and Restoration:
Beyond the spine, page repairs are the most common request for Bible restorers. Torn pages can be repaired using acid-free materials. The materials used to create the pages of Bibles have changed over the years, so the materials selected to do the page repairs will be chosen based on what is used in the rest of the book. For missing pages, new pages can be inserted into the Bible and sewn into place. Aging efforts can be done to give the pages a used and antique appearance that matches the rest of the Bible.
For pages that are loose or falling out, a small cotton patch can be applied to the inner hinge to secure the page. The page is not noticeable under most circumstances and is thin enough to not weigh down the page or create a noticeable difference in the width of the page when the Bible is closed. Fabric or ribbon page markers can also be replaced.
Pages that are damaged by water, mold or time can be restored to readable condition. Stains or damage that can be removed without compromising the integrity of the page are taken out first. Faded printing can be darkened and missing portions of text can be added. If the stain is too dark or the page is too damaged, individual pages can be replaced for a seamless appearance. Every effort is made to match the style of text and condition of the other pages.
Binding Repairs and Replacements:
For Bibles that are mostly intact, the leather on the original piece can be reconditioned to remove stains, dust and other signs of age. Light water damage can be removed, restoring the book to its original beauty. For Bibles in good condition, light refinishing may be all that is needed.
For more extensive damage, a full binding replacement may be needed. Some older Bibles were originally bound with goatskin. These volumes can be rebound with either new leather or new goatskin. Regardless of which material you choose, the binding will be artfully aged to preserve the antique appearance and personality of the Bible.
If the binding cannot be repaired, the decorative front of the book can be removed and embedded into a new binding. The result is functional, strong and beautiful. Many people chose new binding to maximize the life of the Bible.
When repairs and restoration efforts are finished, your Bible will be as good as new. The goal of Bible restoration is to bring the book back into usable or display condition. The length of time to complete the restoration will depend on the degree of work being done. Free estimates are available. If you would like more information or an estimate on your project, please call us at 1-866-674-2500. Please note that free shipping does not apply to this service.